India in England 2014 July 23, 2014

Rahane the stand-out player - Swann

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Ajinkya Rahane's counter-attacking century on the first day of the Lord's Test was the stand-out performance of the Test, according to Graeme Swann, the former England offspinner. On a green pitch, India stumbled to 145 for 7 but Rahane's fluent strokeplay pulled the team to safety. India scored 295 in the first innings when at one point, even 200 had looked difficult.

"Ajinkya Rahane was without a doubt the stand-out Indian player in the second Test," Swann said. "There is no way he could have ever batted on a wicket like this. He would have turned up on the first morning, and thought to himself 'How do you bat on a pitch like this?' And then he went on to get that beautiful hundred. That first innings was the difference in this Test.

"The way he batted, he made England come up with the most ludicrous tactic I could imagine. That's not about the bowlers or the captain, that is purely down to the batsman. For me, Rahane should have been the Man of the Match, no doubt."

It was, however, Ishant Sharma who was named the Man of the Match for his 7 for 74 in the fourth innings that sealed India's win. During a short period around lunch on the fifth day, Ishant's persistent short-ball barrage consumed five batsmen and England crumbled to 223 all out after being 173 for 4 just before the end of the first session.

"Ishant bowled a splendid spell, don't get me wrong," Swann said. "But a few of those wickets were simply gifted to him by some really bad shots by the English batsmen. I was surprised that so many of them got out in the same way.

"England wasted too many opportunities on the first day. They should have bowled India out for under-200 from 140-odd for seven, but they allowed them to get 295. James Anderson and Stuart Broad should be very disappointed with the way they bowled on the first day because it was a wicket more suited to them. And that is the problem for England."

Swann said England's senior players' form is a cause of concern as they are the ones who get the team to rally behind them. "The senior players just aren't firing," he said. "Alastair Cook isn't in form, Ian Bell isn't scoring runs. Jimmy and Broad have been in poor form as well.Sometimes the whole team gets hidden behind one player who is doing very well. It was Bell who did that for us the last year. Right now we have no one to cover for the other batsmen.

"We haven't even got that one bowler to cover for the whole of bowling attack either."

Alastair Cook, the England captain, has struggled to score runs for an extended period now and that has put a question mark over his place in the side. Swann suggested that a complete change of approach could help the batsman. "He has done everything right," Swann said. "He's gone over his routine, hit a 1000 balls in the nets and even got a start in the second innings. But nothing has worked for him. So personally I would like to see him do something unnatural, go against his game.

"Go have a couple of beers, eat some junk food, calm down and take some pressure off, and then smash the bowling when you bat. Just throw caution to the wind.

"But I know he won't do that. So I don't really know the solution to this problem."

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  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 24, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    When a team is struggling to win, it is tough to pin point an answer or corrective action. India had a very strong team on paper in 2011 with top 5 batsmen amongst the best in the world. But they failed badly!. Problem was Fitness & inability to adapt to conditions in England + lack of determination & team work. Now the 2014 Indian team has a bunch of inexperienced guys but lot of belief in themselves & ability to learn & adapt fast to English conditions. England assumed they can walk over these inexperienced guys. But England is unable to Walk the Talk because the young Indian side is full of fight & determination. Despite Kohli's unexpected failures, others rose to the occasion. Kumar & Ishant led by producing their best bowling form whilst batsmen from 1 to 11 contributed. It is the "Team work + determined effort" in all departments that has helped India. If India continue to follow this team work, they will prove that they can bring the best out of them. That is the Right Approach!

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Surprising to see Swann offering his solutions to English cricket team. I think English players should follow Swan's example. Bail out of the team while the records and stats are still decent :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Exactly Rahane was the difference for first inning score of 200 or less to 295. So we made 95 more than what Eng would have thought to make us score on a green top. And what was the winning margin again?????

  • POSTED BY Jaykumar18 on | July 24, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @ harshthakor: I think u meant 'Ravindra Jadega'. :)

  • POSTED BY SeanB on | July 24, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Ishant took 7, among them Bell and Cook were fantastic wickets; Ali was napping - not watching what happened to Root in the other end. The other wickets were gifted to him. His effort was fantastic. But, Rahane and Bhuvi deserved MOM awards. Rahane for the 100 and Bhuvi's 6 wickets (compared to Ishant's 7) and the runs scored. Sky commentary team got it wrong.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 23, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    It was tough to decide who to give MOM to because everyone's contribtion was very important including Dhoni forcing Ishant for short balls. Ishant would have deserved this MOM 100% if short ball trap was his own ploy. So I would have preferred Rahane as the pitch supported only bowlers. It is funny some people say ENG lost because of bad luck. Some more people say ENG would have won the match adding IFs and BUTs. IF Rahane was not given out for a silly appeal then MAY BE India could have scored something between 375-400. And no doubt ENG would have anyway lost the match. So better we accept that it was purely ENG's failure. There are more chances that ENG can come back and win the next game. So at any cost India shouln't go to complacency mode.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | July 23, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    I congratulate Graeme Swann for this edition.I endorse his view that the true architect of India's historic win at Lords was Ajinkya Rahane.

    The budding youngster superbly blended his class with temperament and restraint with attack on a most difficult wicket.He showed that attack is the best form of defence like making masterly moves on a chessboard.India would have been dismissed for around 180 but for Rahane's masterpiece.It was one of the most combative test innings by an Indian batsmen overseas particularly on a green top.Rahane reminded one of batsmen like Asif Iqbal and Alan Border who were masters at batting with tail enders..

    True Ishant Sharma banged the final nails in the coffin like blowing out seven candles on the cake but it was Rahane's effort and later Bhuvanseh Kumar's and Ajay Jadeja that laid the foundation.It was the 300 + target that won the game for India and that is why to me Rahane was the man of the match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane is one the mot exclusive talent India is ever ....Next Big Talent ...i not much big fan of who's getting MOM but still if u all goes through this match its about how India wins 1st day courtesy to Ajinkya Rahane...!!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 23, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Rahane has right technique to play test level. No doubt he is future star in coming years. Calm and gud person like rahul.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | July 23, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar, Rahane, Vijay, and Ishant, all four made critical contributions, and MoM could have gone to any one of them. Sometimes there is one standout player, and other times many contribute to a victory so there is no one person who can be signaled out. That's why MoM is limited or unfair at times.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 24, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    When a team is struggling to win, it is tough to pin point an answer or corrective action. India had a very strong team on paper in 2011 with top 5 batsmen amongst the best in the world. But they failed badly!. Problem was Fitness & inability to adapt to conditions in England + lack of determination & team work. Now the 2014 Indian team has a bunch of inexperienced guys but lot of belief in themselves & ability to learn & adapt fast to English conditions. England assumed they can walk over these inexperienced guys. But England is unable to Walk the Talk because the young Indian side is full of fight & determination. Despite Kohli's unexpected failures, others rose to the occasion. Kumar & Ishant led by producing their best bowling form whilst batsmen from 1 to 11 contributed. It is the "Team work + determined effort" in all departments that has helped India. If India continue to follow this team work, they will prove that they can bring the best out of them. That is the Right Approach!

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Surprising to see Swann offering his solutions to English cricket team. I think English players should follow Swan's example. Bail out of the team while the records and stats are still decent :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 24, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Exactly Rahane was the difference for first inning score of 200 or less to 295. So we made 95 more than what Eng would have thought to make us score on a green top. And what was the winning margin again?????

  • POSTED BY Jaykumar18 on | July 24, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @ harshthakor: I think u meant 'Ravindra Jadega'. :)

  • POSTED BY SeanB on | July 24, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Ishant took 7, among them Bell and Cook were fantastic wickets; Ali was napping - not watching what happened to Root in the other end. The other wickets were gifted to him. His effort was fantastic. But, Rahane and Bhuvi deserved MOM awards. Rahane for the 100 and Bhuvi's 6 wickets (compared to Ishant's 7) and the runs scored. Sky commentary team got it wrong.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 23, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    It was tough to decide who to give MOM to because everyone's contribtion was very important including Dhoni forcing Ishant for short balls. Ishant would have deserved this MOM 100% if short ball trap was his own ploy. So I would have preferred Rahane as the pitch supported only bowlers. It is funny some people say ENG lost because of bad luck. Some more people say ENG would have won the match adding IFs and BUTs. IF Rahane was not given out for a silly appeal then MAY BE India could have scored something between 375-400. And no doubt ENG would have anyway lost the match. So better we accept that it was purely ENG's failure. There are more chances that ENG can come back and win the next game. So at any cost India shouln't go to complacency mode.

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | July 23, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    I congratulate Graeme Swann for this edition.I endorse his view that the true architect of India's historic win at Lords was Ajinkya Rahane.

    The budding youngster superbly blended his class with temperament and restraint with attack on a most difficult wicket.He showed that attack is the best form of defence like making masterly moves on a chessboard.India would have been dismissed for around 180 but for Rahane's masterpiece.It was one of the most combative test innings by an Indian batsmen overseas particularly on a green top.Rahane reminded one of batsmen like Asif Iqbal and Alan Border who were masters at batting with tail enders..

    True Ishant Sharma banged the final nails in the coffin like blowing out seven candles on the cake but it was Rahane's effort and later Bhuvanseh Kumar's and Ajay Jadeja that laid the foundation.It was the 300 + target that won the game for India and that is why to me Rahane was the man of the match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane is one the mot exclusive talent India is ever ....Next Big Talent ...i not much big fan of who's getting MOM but still if u all goes through this match its about how India wins 1st day courtesy to Ajinkya Rahane...!!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 23, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Rahane has right technique to play test level. No doubt he is future star in coming years. Calm and gud person like rahul.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | July 23, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar, Rahane, Vijay, and Ishant, all four made critical contributions, and MoM could have gone to any one of them. Sometimes there is one standout player, and other times many contribute to a victory so there is no one person who can be signaled out. That's why MoM is limited or unfair at times.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    I think the MoM for the first match shoud ve gone to Bhuvi and the Second to Rahane.. Simply because they got the best out of adverse conditions.

  • POSTED BY Aravind_Verified on | July 23, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Definitely he is the standout player of the last match..that six against Anderson over long on is enough to showcase his talent..but still I'm sure if he fails next match Dhoni will replace him with Rohit..

  • POSTED BY pvr726 on | July 23, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Swann here, with all his good intentions, has added fuel to the Indian superstar syndrome. Why is it necessary to decide who singlehandedly made India win? After so long in fact, there was a good collective team effort. Man of the Match award has to be given to one of the obvious candidates, and no doubt Ishant deserved it for the dramatic finish in the final few overs, but none of the players would value it more than winning the match - I am sure. The most promising aspect of this game was that there were different people at different times who contributed very well, without all of which the win would not have been possible.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Its time to drop Dhawan and give Gambhir a chance. As Dhoni is not making use of Binny, the bowler, Ashwin can take his place. Two spinners can be handy especially in 4th and 5th day .

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | July 23, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    this is not a fair comment .....

    Rahanea has showed Why? but has Rohit been given an opportunity to show Why Not ?

    Of Course Rahanea scored a 100 and Rohit did not ... It is very impossible for Rohit to score 100's when he is not selected ! !

    If you may !

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 23, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    Bell got out to good deliveries, he will be among runs soon

  • POSTED BY Amar_bw on | July 23, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    I think it was a great team work. Dhoni's captaincy was successful primarily due to the performance of Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami. I agree, Bhuvi deserves more to be the MoM.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 23, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Yes Rahane's innings was a gem of a century at the Lords which pulled India out of a deep hole to a respectable first innings total. However, there seems to be very little attention paid to B. Kumar's consistently fine batting performances in all 4 innings of the 2 Tests so far. Without Kumar's late heroics with the bat in each test, India would not have stayed in the series. In addition he always follows up his batting with a fine spell of swing bowling which puts England straight away on the back foot. Kumar is the surprise of the series. Vijay's consistent batting at the top + Pujara's solid defence jointly blunts the England pace attack enabling the lower order bats to shine. Ishant produced an inspired spell of short pitched bowling on a pitch with uncertain bounce to send England batting into a tail spin & India to victory. So strictly speaking any one of these guys could have been MOM. Personally, Kumar deserved MOM in the First test. Ishant got it in the second for the WIN!

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    I personally feel the difference throughout the match was performance of Bhuvi. He bowled and got six wickets in second innings when pitch had eased relatively. Additionally he batted and built partnerships in both innings and both were under pressure situations. Hope Bhuvi does get rewarded for his performance soon.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | July 23, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Well said Swann. Man of the Match should have been Rahane. It is never easy to score on a green pitch on day1. In here, it has been done by the touring batsman and that too when the team was some 140 for 7 and that too in an Indian team which struggled overseas recently. Great innings that was. Rahane showed his class in the similar fashion in South Africa and I picked him as the best among the Indian young batsmen at that time. Unlike Pujara, Dhawan or Vijay, he scores when the bowlers are charged up and looking for blood. I think India have found a Go to man when faced with unfavorable conditions and situations. Fingers crossed, hopefully he maintains his intensity in the crunch situations in the future.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | July 23, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    In my opinion Bell is poorer than cook.We have seen a glimpse of form from Cook last innings.But Bell is just a walking wicket. As far as India is concerned Dhawan should not be dropped.He is a very fine cricketer, just needs some luck.Ashwin for Binny is the only change..

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    dhoni should drop dhawan and binny in my opinion team should be 1.murali vijay2.gambhir3.pujara4.kohli5.rahane6.dhoni7.jadeja8.bhuvi9.shami10.ishan11.aaron

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Really a revelation.... hoist on their own petard were the English !! Now, let's drive home the advantage !!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 23, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Rahane got out unluckily in second.innings otherwise it would be 380 plus chase for England

  • POSTED BY torsha on | July 23, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    No way he could have batted on such pitches? He played one in Durban before this, Mr. Swann

  • POSTED BY Giri.Murthy on | July 23, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Cook should try the following for his form. Robson and Ballance are playing well. Send them both for opening. Say even if they score an hundred partnership and gets out Cook can come in 1 down. Now the ball would be old and there is not that much pressure on Cook score wise too. He can play himself in and try to get his confidence and form back.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane batted great. Was unlucky to be given out in 2nd innings to most ridculous appeal (forget about umpire decision). Good to see Rahane carrying the same form he showed in SA and NZ. If Virat coming to form soon we could score consistently 400+ total.

    In post match presentation Cook said Jadeja's innings had some luck to go with, but better luck was with England who got the wicket of 1st innings centurion out of a freakish appeal.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | July 23, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    The man-of-the-match awarding this series has been mediocre - It should have been Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for the first Test not Jimmy Anderson and Rahene for this Test not Ishant. Who selects this award and do they really know about Test match cricket?

  • POSTED BY Kaka13 on | July 23, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Bhuvi should be the MOM, overall all days his performance was exceptional, yes winning splendid stroke was from Ishant. Anyway I am very happy India won match at Lords after loosing important toss on green top. Bravo Team India and win the series.

  • POSTED BY Shibu1981 on | July 23, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    I have a request to Dhoni, Please please include atleast Varun Aaron in the squad for third test instead of Binny, Lords was a seamers pitch but Dhoni didnt even use Binny as a bowler to change his main bowlers to switch ends. Even Dhawan got some overs in second innings. So why Binni is in the tem.Binni`s batting position to be given to Bhuwi and followed by Shami,Ishanth & Aaron. Please remember Aaron can extract some pace from any kind of pitch....

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Yeah. I also agree with the point swann making. But most often than not batters will get 'man of the match',so it's not bad to give this for lambu this time. But need to see how well he carries this form in remaining matches though. But rahane resembles dravid in face and batting style too.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | July 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Interesting insight seeing as Swann himself was guilty of being part of the "playing the same bad shot as the last guy" troupe in Australia. Obviously the players are aware and then proceed to play poorly anyway sometimes.

    Pretty amazing that Bhuvi hasn't won anything yet. 3rd most runs in the series, most wickets, way the best bowling average/economy for anyone with more than 3 wickets. I've been a fan of his since I saw him bowl in the IPL, thinking that as well as he's doing in T20 he'd be much more suited to test match bowling against batsmen being more conservative with his control over line and length. Bhuvi is what India were looking for when they selected Binny, so now they can drop Binny (who adds exactly 0 value, maybe even negative) and add someone who is a specialist. Hell, Bhuvi could probably bat at 6. Kids got game.

  • POSTED BY Shibu1981 on | July 23, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    On 5th day of Lord`s test when England lost Ali`s wicket just before the lunch i hope they (Eng Coach & Captain) should have told Root & Prior(next man to come after lunch) to attck the Indian seamers and put them under pressure, they(root & Prior) succeeded for 2-3 overs, a partnership quick 20-25 in 2-3 overs, but they didnt realise they were over attcking, they were just going after each and every short balls. Dhoni put an extra fielder on leg side boundary wen this 20-25 runs came in 2-3 overs and he realised English Batsmen are going after every short balls. England lost the game from there. But If they (Root& Prior) had a partnership of 40-50 without over attcking and without going after every short balls then the end story would have been a different one.

  • POSTED BY metadata on | July 23, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    I am just glad that one of the big three could win something

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 23, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    What Swann is saying it totally understandable, but the point is in spite of Rahane and all other players England were going to win this, Moeen was not going to be given out by Dharmasena unless it was caught or bowled it was clear after 5 LBW lives. Until Ishant peppered english with 88 mph bouncers to the neck and body it was not going Indias way the wicket of root was probably down to batsmans mistake but other esp Moeen,Stu and earlier clean bowled were peach deliveries and even Prior was well setup. Not sure if ishant will be able to continue this but it was a match winning performance and deserved MOTM. The test would be if Ishant continues his aggression and who will counter attack him with no KP, if there is a counter attack will Ishant drop down to his plodding or will be find some other way.. Next test would be good.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Victory at Lords for India proves one very good thing that is there were many good performance in one single match. Rahane, B Kumar, Vijay, Jadeja, Ishat Sharma and of course as a whole team effort too. For a 5 match series, it is always good to see there are many players performing. Still we are waiting to see some good performance from Kohli and Dhawan. That would be wonderful. Some changes from England will add more spice to the series. 3 games to go. Next test is very important for India.

  • POSTED BY neil99 on | July 23, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    @ Swamy

    Brilliant post and great advice, but we all know Cook won't do this. As a leader he seems blinkered, insular and one dimensional. He even seems unable to heed the advice of pundits, former England captains, who on the whole have been fairly supportive. You end up asking where is Peter Moores in all of this? - his counsel seems not to be working (same mistakes again and again) and surely he should be more visible, but it seems he's happy for Cook to take all of the this full face.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Swanny is without a doubt right here. If Rahane wouldnt have batted so beautifully on that green pitch, india would have bowled out under 180 or even less. Rahane setup the match for India and then Bhuvi and Ishant chipped in.

    So the credit definitely goes to Rahane's counter attacking innings on a green track.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    In a match, handful of players competing for man of the match award goes on to show that it is a perfect team play. So, no one stands out alone.

  • POSTED BY pritamdas_circ on | July 23, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    I completely agree on Rahane part. But I feel saying that Ishant got wickets as gift sounds a bit rude... no batsman on earth gets dismissed playing an extraordinary shot, it's always the ordinary ones and so was the story with those 5 who left crease on Ishant's deliveries. It's always "you miss I hit'' case in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    I Completely agree with Graeme Swann's Comment. Ajinkya's performence was little ahead than Ishant's performance. Anyway now India need changes on Dhawan and Binny at this stage. Gambhir will be apt for the opening pair. Vijay is not a consistant player but he is a lucky player got the place only bcoz of Srikanth. No need Ashwin in the present condition. We need jadeja only on the position. Good Luck to MS and team.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 23, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    i dont understand why people is praising the players when they do well for just one game and blaming the same players when they are failing so many games . medias are really sick...To be frank,, indian team is not good enough at all in oversees conditions...india won a test match all due to bad bad luck of english team..may be unavailabilty of KP and Trott..i hope another 3 test matches will favour for england..just see what media is focussing...

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    If whoever decides the man-of-the-match were asked to vote on day 1 it would have been Rahane, day 2 Bhuvi, day 4 - Vijay / Jadeja, and unfortunately the award was decided on the fifth and all emotions points to Ishant. Rahane, Bhuvi , Vijay , Jadeja have done commendably well. And ofcourse Dhoni for the short-pitch strategy!

  • POSTED BY Collegefastbowler on | July 23, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Some changes are required in the Indian team. Binny is not fit for Test cricket, he is not in the class of a genuine all rounder. He bats a bit and bowls a bit, but there are many others better than him who deserve a chance. Judging by Ishant's success a bowler with genuine pace like Aaron is likely to do well. Jadeja can also be given a rest and Ashvin can come in. Dhawan can make way for either Gambhir or Rohit Sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    If you notice Vijay, Pujara, Rahane.... all are following their idol Dravid. That is helping them to score runs. They are following the compact technique, water tight defense and using the thing called as head above the shoulder.

    Shikhar, Virat and Binny are the one MS is concerned about. But as they say team should enjoy this win cherish the moment this comes after a lot of hardwork.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | July 23, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Doesn't matter who from our team won MOM at Lords. When three of our players got onto the honours board at Lords with Vijay just missing out too, it is something to be really proud of as an Indian fan. Really don't know how Bhuvi didn't win the MOM in the 1st Test - anyway hopefully he is on course to win the Player of the Series award. Hopefully Dhawan, Kohli & Shami too will also find form & start contributing to India's performances as we need to try to keep on improving to win the series.

  • POSTED BY SwamyCricketAnanda on | July 23, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    I know the solution to Cook's batting problems. He should wear the same shirt the England top-scorer did at the nightclub - nothing at all. He should not bother about the ECB cookbook to decide what to eat. He shouldn't care what the Press writes about him - just like Ballance.

    If he insists on drinking orange juice, he should get Jeeves to lace it with gin. He should get guidance from Boycs how to talk in Press Conferences. He should talk to Nas about on-field behaviour. And David Boon on the right amount of beer needed to succeed as a Test opener.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | July 23, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Interesting comments "But a few of those wickets were simply gifted to him by some really bad shots by the English batsmen", when the ball is coming at your throat at 85-90mph, you can do silly things, it happens to the best of them, full marks to Ishant, nobody else got the ball that steep on that wicket.

  • POSTED BY venksri on | July 23, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Everyone is debating about who should have been adjudged as MOM. In hindsight, this debate symbolizes that there is a bright future for Indian cricket. When was the last time we had as many contenders for MOM in an away test outside subcontinent. This time we had four strong contenders. (Bhuvi, Vijay, Rahane and Ishant). Something to feel proud for Indian fans. Come On India!.. Lets win this series with more such performances.

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | July 23, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    I think swann is right about Cook it's insane to keep doing the same things and expect a different result hes got to try something new overtraining can be just as bad as under training it's clear his mind is scrambled so he needs to unscramble it the only way u can do that is no training nothing to do with cricket for afew days do something relaxing then have anet the day before the next test and hope that works it worth atry thinks are at rock bottom already so the only way to go is up

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | July 23, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Rahane's 100, Bhuvi's 6-for and 50, Vijay's 95, Pujara's 3hour vigil in hostile seaming conditions, Jadeja's 50, Dhoni persisting with the short ball, and to finish with Ishant's 7,all contributed heavily for the win. Take one of these out and England would've won the match. MOM depends on who chooses it.

  • POSTED BY Wasi86 on | July 23, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane every shots from cricketing book so sweet so accurate. Perfect Batsman.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | July 23, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Bhuvi is easily the MOM with honourable mentions going to Rahane and Vijay. Ishant no doubt did great but if we're giving this to one person, Bhuvi did the most to generate this victory. Regarding the rest of the test series, India must have a competent 5th bowler joining them for the remaining matches otherwise they could lose the series. In the grand scheme of things, the English and Indian teams were about even albeit the Indian team showed a lot of grit under varying conditions, perhaps their one big advantage over the English. However, this presumes their continued good health which I have doubts over given how jam packed the matches are schedule-wise. In order to survive the marathon with good health, India needs to include a fifth bowler (while dropping Binny).

  • POSTED BY nideesh on | July 23, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    even my vote is for bhuvaneshwar kumar, even thoguh statistically rahanes century or Ishanth seven wicket is good, but ishanths wickets are all caught in the deep trying to hit sixers.

  • POSTED BY memoriesofthepast on | July 23, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Bhuvaneshwar Kumar should have been given MOM-88 runs from two innings and six out of 20 Eng wickets. Dhoni also deserved an award for telling Ishant to deliver a short ball and for forcing Ishant to drop short by changing fielding positions. Eng batsmen played poor shots. Ishant has played more than 50 test matches and toured England not for first time. It looks bad that Dhoni had to tell him which ball to use to dismiss the batsman and Dhoni revealed that Ishant was reluctant to listen to him which is more bad. Ishant must be sacked. India needs bowlers who are always trying to think on own about getting wicket and who are receptive to suggestions.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | July 23, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Rehane's innings was great but I did not like the way he got out straight after getting to his century! Let's excuse him this time as he is eager to establish himself at this level. However, I hope he focuses on team more moving forward. Ishant had a great outing in the second innings - Made even greater because he is Ishant! Vijay, Jadeja and Pujara also deserve a mention. But my MoM would be Bhuvi - He is playing great and inspiring the team!!! But just because India won does not mean they should rest on their laurels - They need to focus and reel in the required changes - Binny played a great innings in the first Test but his bowling looks ineffective at this level. Time to bring in either Ashwin, who is a better batsman and might be able to pick up a wicket or two. Or India can be REALLY BOLD and bring in Pankaj or Pandey for Binny!! NO ROHIT PLEASE!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    So Proud to be a Maharashtrian and moreover an Indian.

  • POSTED BY cricmatters on | July 23, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    MoM is matter of personal opinion. Vijay's 95 and Jadeja's 68 along with Bhuvi's fifity turned the match in India's favour. Ishant Sharma did remove a well set Alister Cook and Ian Bell with the new ball so I think he deserved the MoM in this match. I agree with Swann's comments about Cook. I think he should forget about cricket for a few days and play golf or darts. Sometimes too much thinking about your technique also clouds your mind. He should come in to bat with a clear mind and try to hit a quick fifty instead of looking to stay on for a long innings. It is easier said than done though but as they say in cricket, form is temporary but class is permanent and no one can question cook's class.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    what about BB Kumar guys?? He is scoring runs in both innings & taking 6wkts in 1st innings. May be without his innings ind all out in 1st innings & rahane will nt able score his ton as well. & don't forgot his contribution with bat in 2nd Innings lead

  • POSTED BY Jackpot6 on | July 23, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    All I can say is Ishant is a VERY VERY lucky cricketer. Rahane is Test talent and consistently displaying a character when one needs on such occasions. I feel it was Bhuvi & Jadeja mosr crucial 99 runs partnership which saved the game. The way English were hitting Ishant's spell before lunch they were on a winning streak; but again to repeat Ishant is a very lucky bowler & I won't take him as a bowler despite taking wickets.

  • POSTED BY Aashiyer on | July 23, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Why couldn't they just make both of them MoMs. Cricket needs to work that way.

  • POSTED BY Anil_Kumble_Clone on | July 23, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    I do not agree on MoM. It should have gone to Bhuvi since he contributed in 3 innings out of 4 - played a stellar knocks in 1st & 2nd innings Plus took 6 wkts in Eng 1st innings when Eng had best of the conditions to bat on 2nd afternoon & 3rd days. Yes Rahane, Vijay & Ishant were strong contenders. But Bhuvi should have edged them all.

  • POSTED BY Alberteinstien on | July 23, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Had Ajinkya Rahane be given oppurchunity earlier in place of completly out of form Gautam gambhir or Sehwag result would have been different in England tour of india

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 23, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Yes, Rahane's knock was absolutely crucial in context of the game in hindsight but saying that Ishant didn't deserve the MoM is ludicrous to say the least, Rahane batted really well to score those crucial runs in the 1st inning but it wouldn't have matter if Ishant and Bhuvi wouldn't had bowled those magical spells and mostly Ishant bcz English batsmen were going for a win and almost looked like they would win it till that last ball before lunch, If Ishant hadn't bowled that spell, India wouldn't have won this match despite that brilliant century from Rahane on a greenest of green pitch..It's just a tactic from Swann to demoralise Ishant..Our main attacking bowler..I am taking nothing away from Rahane but Ishant deserved the MoM, Atleast for me..

  • POSTED BY avani on | July 23, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Iindeed a superb innings by Rahane. But probably he needs to play at least a couple of innings more like that in this series to cement his place permanently in the team. He has all the shots in his arsenal, he has all the techniques to play a long innings and I suppose he has that temperament too. All that he needs is to apply himself at the crease without even a slight deviation from the task on hand. He easily gets into his 20s or 30s score where he often makes a slight error costing his wicket. Common Rahane. We have lots of expectations from you. We are seeing a Dravid in you. But please you do not keep in mind that you have to be a Dravid. You play as Rahane and you can be a legend like Dravid in near future. All the best.

  • POSTED BY paapam on | July 23, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Well written no doubt and one cannot but agree. One can also say what modesty prevented Swann from saying! Had he been playing England could have turned the tables against India.

  • POSTED BY EdwinD on | July 23, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Quite possible that Rahane would also have had a significant contribution in the 2nd inns had he not had a terrible decision go against him....

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | July 23, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Stop looking for a stand out performance or one player. Its test match cricket played over 5 days so it invariably not done to one individual however spectacular their performance may be

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    May be he is getting out to an unplayable ball each time. Let's give some credit to the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Bouncer barage from indians will make english bowlers tails up. As Andrew Hughes mentioned in his column, there will be backlash, so its the indian batsmen who should be prepared for some leather(not real) punches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    I would still give the MoM to Ishant. True, Rahane played a gem of an innings. But then Vijay followed up with an equally important innings in the 2nd outing. If Vijay had not held the inning together, India would have still lost. It was Ishant with some help from the England batsmen who really secured the victory when things were again starting to get out of hand on the last day! Also, how often are bowlers are recognized? It was a challenging pitch to bat on but not anywhere close to impossible.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Very nicely written. Good analysis of the current England Team. Yes, as he said it rightly, Cook has to do something different to come out of the current situation. Bell has to think positive and start scoring. Once these two click then the team will be different and all the positives will make the team look good. All the best to England.

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | July 23, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Graeme is spot on. Without Rahane ton, India would have conceded a big lead and had tough time managing the win. Batting conditions were worst on day 1 than any other day of the test match. Playing conditions need to be considered while granting MoM and with bowler friendly wicket, it had to be a batsman

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    I agree with Swann about the MoM award should go to Rahane, I saw his innings on tv and my god that is one of the best innings I have ever seen from any player. Ishant bowled really well yes but Rahane deserved the MoM imho.

    Good luck India to thrash England in home, our boys did that last month and now its India's time I guess.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    I agree with Swann about the MoM award should go to Rahane, I saw his innings on tv and my god that is one of the best innings I have ever seen from any player. Ishant bowled really well yes but Rahane deserved the MoM imho.

    Good luck India to thrash England in home, our boys did that last month and now its India's time I guess.

  • POSTED BY nkoch on | July 23, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Graeme is spot on. Without Rahane ton, India would have conceded a big lead and had tough time managing the win. Batting conditions were worst on day 1 than any other day of the test match. Playing conditions need to be considered while granting MoM and with bowler friendly wicket, it had to be a batsman

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Very nicely written. Good analysis of the current England Team. Yes, as he said it rightly, Cook has to do something different to come out of the current situation. Bell has to think positive and start scoring. Once these two click then the team will be different and all the positives will make the team look good. All the best to England.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    I would still give the MoM to Ishant. True, Rahane played a gem of an innings. But then Vijay followed up with an equally important innings in the 2nd outing. If Vijay had not held the inning together, India would have still lost. It was Ishant with some help from the England batsmen who really secured the victory when things were again starting to get out of hand on the last day! Also, how often are bowlers are recognized? It was a challenging pitch to bat on but not anywhere close to impossible.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Bouncer barage from indians will make english bowlers tails up. As Andrew Hughes mentioned in his column, there will be backlash, so its the indian batsmen who should be prepared for some leather(not real) punches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 23, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    May be he is getting out to an unplayable ball each time. Let's give some credit to the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | July 23, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Stop looking for a stand out performance or one player. Its test match cricket played over 5 days so it invariably not done to one individual however spectacular their performance may be

  • POSTED BY EdwinD on | July 23, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Quite possible that Rahane would also have had a significant contribution in the 2nd inns had he not had a terrible decision go against him....

  • POSTED BY paapam on | July 23, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Well written no doubt and one cannot but agree. One can also say what modesty prevented Swann from saying! Had he been playing England could have turned the tables against India.

  • POSTED BY avani on | July 23, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Iindeed a superb innings by Rahane. But probably he needs to play at least a couple of innings more like that in this series to cement his place permanently in the team. He has all the shots in his arsenal, he has all the techniques to play a long innings and I suppose he has that temperament too. All that he needs is to apply himself at the crease without even a slight deviation from the task on hand. He easily gets into his 20s or 30s score where he often makes a slight error costing his wicket. Common Rahane. We have lots of expectations from you. We are seeing a Dravid in you. But please you do not keep in mind that you have to be a Dravid. You play as Rahane and you can be a legend like Dravid in near future. All the best.