India in England 2014 July 25, 2014

Rohit Sharma likely to play at Ageas Bowl

Signs from India's training sessions suggest they are ready to move back to their preferred combination of six specialist batsmen and four specialist bowlers
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Should India play Rohit or Ashwin?

Stuart Binny has bowled only 20 overs in two Tests of this series. In the second innings at Lord's, he was not called upon to bowl at all.

Although he has played a match-saving innings, signs from India's training sessions leading into the Test suggest they are ready to go back to the more orthodox combination of playing six specialist batsmen with MS Dhoni batting at No. 7 and with four specialist bowlers to follow.

The sixth batsman, if India carry on with the trends from the nets, will be Rohit Sharma, who has scored two centuries in his six Tests but was left out to accommodate the extra seam-bowling allrounder.

Leading into the first two Tests, India seemed more or less certain about the combination. While the likely playing XI would get into action right away after the ritual warm-up over a football game, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir and R Ashwin would await their turn in the nets. Just before Ageas Bowl, though, Rohit has been getting long hits in the nets. On Friday, he was the first one to get a net.

One of the reasons to go back to the orthodox combination could be that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been providing the runs down the order, and the quick bowlers have maintained a certain amount of intensity over long spells, which was one of MS Dhoni's concerns over the last two tours outside Asia.

Also, the pitch at Ageas Bowl is more orthodox than Trent Bridge and Lord's. Trent Bridge looked brown and flat, which might have necessitated the buffer of an extra seamer so that the main pace bowlers did not bowl themselves into ground. Lord's was green, probably greener than it ever has been, which would have meant ideal conditions for Binny, who likes to put the ball there and let the conditions take effect.

Ageas Bowl is a hard, quick pitch with good bounce, but it not overly green to afford excessive seam movement. India seem pretty happy about the surface. In a long Test series, they do not want their bowlers to have to slog for their wickets.

India could of course go ahead and change the combination on the morning of the match, but Binny has hardly been getting the attention of the coaches that he got in the lead-up to the first two Tests. In fact, he did not even get a hit in the main net on Friday.

As far as the role of bowling a few tight overs when waiting for the new ball goes, India will have to rely on Rohit's offspin. Not to mention M Vijay, who took Moeen Ali's crucial wicket at Lord's and has been bowling more in the nets than usual.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rajnish_aggarwal on July 27, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    If India wants to bring in Rohit Sharma then let it be in Place of Virat Kohli who has developed a fault line which any fast bowler will exploit. Now we have to see whether the pitch will likely to have some spin in it or not. If it does support spin then Ashwin may be preferred to Binny. Secondly, Indian bowlers were not able to swing the ball even 50% of that what English men did. So we must try Varun Aaron in place of Mohd Shami. He has good pace and mostly bowls up and swing better. Binny had shown with the bat how good in technique he is. Dhoni should give him more bowling. If India adds another batsman in place of an allrounder then every batsman becomes casual and the advantage of extra batsman is lost in no time. We have seen enough of our batsman including Murali Vijay playing casually and getting out when side is packed with more batsmen. With one batsman less even alrounders like B Kumar, Jadeja and Binny have dug in. Similarly Murali Vijay never played like he is doing now.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 27, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Continued....

    But I realise I've now completely entered a fantasy situation by suggesting too much change to the batting order. And probably such drastic changes aren't needed at this stage.

    Perhaps Dhawan does need another chance too? If he fires, the psychological advantage would be significant.

    As for the 20 wickets conundrum, yes, we did get those wickets without the assistance of Binny (dropped catch not withstanding). But we shouldn't think we can keep doing it regularly. I think three pacers plus Ashwin and Jadeja could be a good combination. Try to strangle them with spin if pace fails.

    England might come at us harder this time. They have no other option really. Therefore we must be prepared. We can't expect them to fold every time.

    Ultimately, I just wish whichever playing XI is selected give it their absolute best and are assisted by appropriate tactics from Dhoni.

    I won't care if we fight hard and lose so long as we fight.

    I dare say we have fought well so far.

  • on July 27, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    I would take gambir in place of dhawan and ashwin in place of binny

  • on July 27, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Better to have w saha as specialist batsmen rather than Rohit Sharma who is sleeping wicket

  • Henry_Mancini on July 27, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Not sure what to think now...

    I was wrong about Dhoni and Ishant the last match. I said if we won it would be in spite of Dhoni rather than because of him and also offered the customary lamentations about Ishant's consistency. I don't care what part "luck" or English capitulation played in our long awaited victory as it was also clear that several Indian players were equally responsible for putting us in a position to win. It's often said that people make their own luck. Pleasantly surprised that Dhoni risked a loss for a win and that Ishant did his part. I would dearly like to see more of this positive attitude more often. As I eat my words I say well played to both of them for the last match. Keep it up.

    I agree with those who suggest Ashwin for Binny and Pankaj or Aaron for Shami. Shami seems under the pump and might need a rest. Binny hasn't threatened. Ashwin can bat and deserves the chances others have been given. Rohit in for Dhawan sounds good but who would open?

    tbc...

  • on July 27, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    MSD needed an allrounder-it was not binny, but it was bhuvi. Now have bhuvi as the allrounder and have a bowler-varun or ashwin in place of binny depending on the conditions. rohit is a waste in treat matches-like yuvraj

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 26, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Good luck Rohit! This is likely going to be the quickest wicket of the series. It will likely produce a result as well. England will come out with all guns blazing. My only prediction is it will be a very closely contested match.

  • bhushanB on July 26, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    It would be utterly insane to drop binny and go back to 6 batsmen formula. India seems to take a step forward and then 10 backward. If India could manage with 5 batsmen on such a lively pitch at Lords, that should boost their confidence in their batsmen. Taking 20 wickets is the top priority.

    If Rohit HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in KOHLI's place or RAHANEs'. Can Dhoni do that?

    If Ashwin HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in JADEJA's place.

    I would not mind giving Shami a rest and get either Pankaj or Pandey in the side.

    If at all Binny has to make way, then it should be to a genuine pace bowler, but not to either Rohit or Ashwin.

  • vkumar_086 on July 26, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    5 batsmen---Dhawan, vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane + wicket keeper--Dhoni + 2 spinners (bowling allrounders)--Jadeja, Ashwin + 3 seamers---Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami/ Pankaj singh should be the composition...it is well balanced also

  • JustIPL on July 26, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    India cant go bowling heavy unless they are sure that shortened batting lineup can survive. First test was saved by Binny innings. So either binny or ashwin are necessary to add to batting and bowling. I am pankaj for shami. Lords test was heading towards indian loss till the time english decided to commit the mass suicide against bouncers. So, india need runs in large numbers to keep them safe no matter how they come- top order, middle order lower order etc.

  • Rajnish_aggarwal on July 27, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    If India wants to bring in Rohit Sharma then let it be in Place of Virat Kohli who has developed a fault line which any fast bowler will exploit. Now we have to see whether the pitch will likely to have some spin in it or not. If it does support spin then Ashwin may be preferred to Binny. Secondly, Indian bowlers were not able to swing the ball even 50% of that what English men did. So we must try Varun Aaron in place of Mohd Shami. He has good pace and mostly bowls up and swing better. Binny had shown with the bat how good in technique he is. Dhoni should give him more bowling. If India adds another batsman in place of an allrounder then every batsman becomes casual and the advantage of extra batsman is lost in no time. We have seen enough of our batsman including Murali Vijay playing casually and getting out when side is packed with more batsmen. With one batsman less even alrounders like B Kumar, Jadeja and Binny have dug in. Similarly Murali Vijay never played like he is doing now.

  • Henry_Mancini on July 27, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Continued....

    But I realise I've now completely entered a fantasy situation by suggesting too much change to the batting order. And probably such drastic changes aren't needed at this stage.

    Perhaps Dhawan does need another chance too? If he fires, the psychological advantage would be significant.

    As for the 20 wickets conundrum, yes, we did get those wickets without the assistance of Binny (dropped catch not withstanding). But we shouldn't think we can keep doing it regularly. I think three pacers plus Ashwin and Jadeja could be a good combination. Try to strangle them with spin if pace fails.

    England might come at us harder this time. They have no other option really. Therefore we must be prepared. We can't expect them to fold every time.

    Ultimately, I just wish whichever playing XI is selected give it their absolute best and are assisted by appropriate tactics from Dhoni.

    I won't care if we fight hard and lose so long as we fight.

    I dare say we have fought well so far.

  • on July 27, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    I would take gambir in place of dhawan and ashwin in place of binny

  • on July 27, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Better to have w saha as specialist batsmen rather than Rohit Sharma who is sleeping wicket

  • Henry_Mancini on July 27, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Not sure what to think now...

    I was wrong about Dhoni and Ishant the last match. I said if we won it would be in spite of Dhoni rather than because of him and also offered the customary lamentations about Ishant's consistency. I don't care what part "luck" or English capitulation played in our long awaited victory as it was also clear that several Indian players were equally responsible for putting us in a position to win. It's often said that people make their own luck. Pleasantly surprised that Dhoni risked a loss for a win and that Ishant did his part. I would dearly like to see more of this positive attitude more often. As I eat my words I say well played to both of them for the last match. Keep it up.

    I agree with those who suggest Ashwin for Binny and Pankaj or Aaron for Shami. Shami seems under the pump and might need a rest. Binny hasn't threatened. Ashwin can bat and deserves the chances others have been given. Rohit in for Dhawan sounds good but who would open?

    tbc...

  • on July 27, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    MSD needed an allrounder-it was not binny, but it was bhuvi. Now have bhuvi as the allrounder and have a bowler-varun or ashwin in place of binny depending on the conditions. rohit is a waste in treat matches-like yuvraj

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 26, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Good luck Rohit! This is likely going to be the quickest wicket of the series. It will likely produce a result as well. England will come out with all guns blazing. My only prediction is it will be a very closely contested match.

  • bhushanB on July 26, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    It would be utterly insane to drop binny and go back to 6 batsmen formula. India seems to take a step forward and then 10 backward. If India could manage with 5 batsmen on such a lively pitch at Lords, that should boost their confidence in their batsmen. Taking 20 wickets is the top priority.

    If Rohit HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in KOHLI's place or RAHANEs'. Can Dhoni do that?

    If Ashwin HAS TO PLAY, then it better be in JADEJA's place.

    I would not mind giving Shami a rest and get either Pankaj or Pandey in the side.

    If at all Binny has to make way, then it should be to a genuine pace bowler, but not to either Rohit or Ashwin.

  • vkumar_086 on July 26, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    5 batsmen---Dhawan, vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane + wicket keeper--Dhoni + 2 spinners (bowling allrounders)--Jadeja, Ashwin + 3 seamers---Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami/ Pankaj singh should be the composition...it is well balanced also

  • JustIPL on July 26, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    India cant go bowling heavy unless they are sure that shortened batting lineup can survive. First test was saved by Binny innings. So either binny or ashwin are necessary to add to batting and bowling. I am pankaj for shami. Lords test was heading towards indian loss till the time english decided to commit the mass suicide against bouncers. So, india need runs in large numbers to keep them safe no matter how they come- top order, middle order lower order etc.

  • Angry_Bowler on July 26, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    You need five bowlers to win a test series, but for one lucky match to win. Either a bowler or a bowling allronder is the need of the hour. Dhoni is trying to play safe now by replacing Binny with Rohit. Even if he scores few runs, it wont help much if the four bowlers don't take 20 wickets. You cant bet every time on Ishant.

  • Hardy1 on July 26, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    With the weather as it is I'd go for Ashwin instead of Rohit, especially as I'm still not convinced by India's attack. OK he's not got the batting prowess of Rohit but he's still a proper batsman & pretty handy in the slips, at least by India's standards there nowadays.

    Here's hoping Kohli & Dhawan can come good & Pujara, by far the best batsman on either side as far as I'm concerned, finally starts converting his starts.

  • ren1 on July 26, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    WE MUST rest Dhawan for next 3 Matches and Shami For 1 match 1. Gambhir 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni 7. Ashwin 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Ishant 11.Aaron/ Pankaj/ Pandey This is Well Balance Team for Next test match. We must need 5 Bowlers. Bat death up to Bhuvi.

  • amitdashore on July 26, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    my playing 11 for this match: vijay, rahane, pujara, gambhir, rohit, MSD, ashwin, bhuvi, RJ, ishant, ishwar/pankaj

  • amitdashore on July 26, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    play ashwin for binny and rohit for kohli.. tough decisions but team comes before individuals.. hence let the players regain form before they claim their places back. also if shami doesnt get atleast 2 wickets this match, then pankaj or ishwar should be given a chance!

  • Al_Bundy1 on July 26, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Dhoni needs to play an extra pacer on this greenish pitch. He will be better off playing Pankaj Singh instead of Binny. If he wants to replace Shikhar Dhawan by Rohit Sharma, that's fine. But he needs to play an extra pacer. Don't expect Ishant Sharma to take 7 wickets in every innings. In fact, I wouldn't expect anything from Ishant for the rest of this series. He knows that his match winning haul of 7 wickets is enough to carry him for the rest of the series.

  • cesar12345 on July 26, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    284 Comments woww,this could be the highest

    wherever rohit's name it creates something wonder

    this is what makes him a great

    BTW you must know stones are thrown at a tree with fruits

    GOOD LUCK ROHIT SHARMA

  • on July 26, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Rohit for Dhawan. Ashwin for Binny.

    The batting order ? Vijay, Ashwin, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Bhuvneshwar, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ishant, Shami. 12th man : Dhawan.

  • CodandChips on July 26, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Binny has been a little unlucky. 2 rough dismissals, a decent 50, and hasn't bowled much. Denied a wicket by his captain. His bowling at times a little innocuous. One ridiculous shot in the second innings at Lord's to throw his wicket away. However if his captain isn't prepared to bowl him he ought not be in the side.

    I think Sharma is a talented batsman who will serve India well in all formats for years to come. However I'd go with Ashwin.

    He was India's second best batsman when England toured India in 2012. His test record with the bat is good. He's a good spinner. Unproven outside of the subcontinent yes. But the Ageas Bowl often turns (as a Hants member I'd know this) and especially with this dry weather another spinner could be useful. Would also lessen the workload of the seamers.

  • on July 26, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    well I would really say its a defensive move when dhoni picks rohit ahead of binny !!! rohit got more chances than he deserve .... and u can't judge a player on d basis of 2 tests performance ....

  • on July 26, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    There is a lot of discussion going on about the choice: Rohit or Ashwin. With someone like Dhoni, one need not be surprised to see both Rohit & Ashwin in the playing XI. There are many candidates to vacate space to accommodate these two. And, that may turn out to be the debatable issue. If both comes in, my hunch is that... Rohit replacing Dhawan, and Ashwin replacing Binny. Don't be surprised.

  • Alberteinstien on July 26, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Vijay ashwin Pujara Kohli RAHANE Rohit DHONI JADEJA Kumar shami Sharma My XI and best possible 11.

  • JaranNirsi on July 26, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is probably India's most talented batsman since Vinod Kambli. That should say it all. Talent without mental strength and application is worth little. In addition, Rohit has been transformed from a free-scoring batsman into a strokeless wonder, no mean feat. It would be a mistake to go into this Test with only four bowlers. India should play to win; either take Ashwin or Aaron, but a bowler. Guess we just don't learn, do we? If this match is not won, or worse, lost, it would be because of such choices. We can't keep bowling Bhuvi and Ishant into the ground. Not with three Tests left.

  • on July 26, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    considering the length of the tour n the conditions that we are likely to have at Ageas Bowl, I would rather go in with an extra bowler most likely a pacer in Aaron or Pankaj rather than a batsman clearly Dhoni does not like having Binny in the team and thus replacing him with a pacer would reduce the work load from our 3 main pacers.playing Rohit weakens an already fragile bowling attack which you won't back 10/10 to pick England's 20 wickets so playing an extra quick is the best change if there is to be one.

  • vijayIndy on July 26, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Replace out of form Dawan with Rohit. Keep Binny , we need an Allrounder , he is like Kallis for us.

  • on July 26, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    if rohit is playing tomorrow, where will you fit him??? no 5 where rahane just scored a match winning century?? can it be a justice for rahane??? I am sure dhoni will fit rohit at 5 followed by rahane at 6..this is such a disturbing.... you best player is playing at 6 and a young player who has 3 triple centuries in domestic cricket batting at 4 or 5 is now batting at 8 position....this is such mentally weakening thing to happen.... even now if you want to play rohit, just make him open, anyway he can't survive more than 15 minutes which even dhawan can't survive....so that evens out and bring on another fast bowler to share the work load of bhuvi, shami, ishant...these three have already bowled 300 overs including practice matches... remember this is 5 test match series and we are still into 3rd test and you don't want another zaheer Khan in this series...

  • on July 26, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Rohit is India's Best Batsman so far in terms of technique and elegance.He is pure class and the next big thing from Mumbai but most of times he's not living upto his mark.But for the past two years he has proved that wrong and he is consistent in his performance and ability and most importantly he has the quality to play in Tests along with Pujara.

  • on July 26, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Give a chance to Ashwin in place of Binny. No more changes.It is tough on Binny to drop him in this test as he saved first test. He will get his chance later.Aswin's inclusion will strengthen our bowling and he is not a bad batsman particularly in overseas conditions.We have good seam attack and Aswin's inclusion will make our spin department much better. You can not depend on Vijay's spin always as he is not a regular bowler.

  • IndianSRTfan on July 26, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    If they pick Rohit, it might be more of a tactical change even if it sounds strange at first. By picking Rohit, India might be trying to take toss out of the equation.

    The pitch is going to be a green hard wicket. If England win the toss, they would definitely bowl first. So in this case, Rohit's batting will provide more strength & a big first innings score will be vital as it was at Lord's. Whereas if India win the toss, they'll also bowl first and in this case, they'll be counting on rolling over England quickly on the seaming green day 1 track. In this scenario India will get the best of conditions to bat on days 2 & 3 where a longer batting lineup will be able to grind English bowlers down and perhaps bat only once.

    Of course reverse of each scenario could just easily come true and then India would be in trouble. But having seen Dhoni being aggressive on this tour so far, it's hard to imagine him & Fletcher making a such move for defensive reasons when India are already 1-0 up.

  • on July 26, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Rock star double century hero is coming on tomorrow for third test in place of binny.. England should be alert..

  • on July 26, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    wat z wrong with ppl out here?? how can they even think to keep kohli out???? Cmon ppl he z the besttt batsman in the squad.. Atleast the fear of his hitting back to form z enough for the opposition..

  • prudhvirazz on July 26, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    One one hand I don't want India to play Binny because he bowling doesn't just his place in the team. So go for Rohit.

    But on the other, if you drop Binny then you are down to 3 bowlers and 1 all rounder which is even worse.

    So Rohit for Binny and Ashwin for Jadeja. 4 bowlers and few part timers. This doesn't look that bad.

    I agree with Ian chapel.

  • modernaussie on July 26, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    people sayng kholi is a test class batsman you are horribly wrong , it doesnt take a genius to figure this out. he simply does not have the patience nor the technique to play long inings on pitches doing all sorts. pujarra and rahane are class bats and proper old school test batsman, kholi will always be a great odi player but nothing more. amla clarke chanderpaul devilliers pujarra rogers vijay , these are your real test batsman

  • on July 26, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    I can't believe some ppl here want ROHIT in place of Kohli ... Mind boggling ... There is no comparison in terms of ability and temperament ... Kohli has scored hundreds in south Africa, nz & Australia.. What has ur 'Bradman' ROHIT done so far far for so many years?? ... I think gambhir shud play as 6th batter or rather ashwin is a better choice but plzz not the superhumanly talented ROHIT ... He shud be preserved for IPL and ODI's played on roads of India

  • on July 26, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    My XI - Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Ishant, Shammi

  • Aswath03021990 on July 26, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Bring in Gautam Gambhir and Rohit sharma in the place of Dhawan and Binny. This will bolster the batting on a 'not soo seam movement pitch of rose bowl'. Gautam deserves a chance , he will be kicking himself to get some runs so as rohit. Like pujara and kohli at the top order, Rohit and rahane will tighten the lower order and puts lots of pressure on Jimmy and broad when the new ball is arrived. Shami can be rested and strong pankaj Singh can make a debut.Since India is in the driving seat , testing pankaj won't be a problem.Expecting couple of good changes but dhoni always give his players more chances than any captain in the world!!.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on July 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    @opto_pus Kohli actually has been getting out to really good deliveries. If he was an inadequate test batsman, his test average would not be in the mid 40s. Also, it was Kohli who hit a century and a 90 in his first test in SA against Steyn and co (arguably, one of the best bowling attacks in the world). Everyone goes through a bad patch. Just look at Cook. Would you say he is a bad test batsman too? Atleast Kohli doesn't look so lost. Give him some time. I do agree that the other batsmen you listed have immense test potential as well but Kohli is right up with them.

  • princenag25 on July 26, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    If Rohit is playing tomorrow, it will be in place of Binny. Dhoni looking to strengthen the batting, even though the tail as wagged this series means only one conclusion. Dhoni is gonna drop one of Ishant/Bhuvi/Shami in the third test. May be bring in Varun Aaron or Pandey or Pankaj Singh?? 10 Hrs to go...

  • on July 26, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    TEAM INDIA : TOMORROW MATCH : Gambir,Vijay,Pujara,Kholi,Rohit,Rahane,Bhuvi,MSDhoni,Jadeja,Aaron,Ishant...

  • on July 26, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    @opto_pus I hope u ve to be wrong kohli gonna bak inform in upcoming 3 matches u itself agreed he got out in good deliveries he s d best batsmen in d world

  • B.R.K.R on July 26, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    hope the indian team doesnt get into a defensive mindset now thinking of having strong batting and looking to draw remaining matches, they should go all out to win each match, i think it would be better to give ashwin a chance in place of binny and play with 5 bowlers, ashwin is decent bat too .. 1. vijay 2. dhawan 3. pujara 4. rahane 5. kohli 6. dhoni 7. jaddu 8. ashwin 9. bhuvi 10. shami 11. sharma

  • BhushanPheonix on July 26, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    In my team i will replace Shikhar Dhawan with Rohit Sharma. Rahane to open along with Vijay replace Binny with Ashwin. The pitch how much ever green it is will start aiding the spinners from third day post lunch. This is my prediction, England has been much hotter in the recent days than the last tour. If India has to put pressure it needs a good spinner. Ashwin will trouble English batsmen for sure. It will be a lesson to Shikhar that he has to convert good starts else his place will be taken by some one else. Its now getting tougher in in the Indian team and every one has to earn his place.. I may be tough on Shikhar but accomodating Rohit will also give options to the Indian Captain to have more spinning options....

  • DeepakEd on July 26, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Dhoni should bolster the pace attack as the pitch seems to be quick and with good bounce, where bowlers like Ishant, Shami and Aaron can make good use of it. Rahane should open the innings in place of Dhawan, who should be replaced by Rohit and Aaron should replace Binny. That will fix the loop holes for this and rest of the test matches

  • on July 26, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Would love to see Dhoni make changes now. My wishlist: Gambhir in for Dhawan Rohit in for Binny. Aaron for Shami.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on July 26, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Good sign of Rohit being in consideration, but bad sign if they are looking at a 6+1+4 combination. I would like to see Rohit replace Dhawan or Kohli, and Ashwin in place of Binny... We can also consider resting Shami for Aaron, as Shami has looked inconsistent and out of sorts, maybe because of non-stop cricket in all formats...

    My playing XI would be : dhawan vijay pujara rohit rahane ashwin dhoni jadeja bhuvi aaron ishant (OR) vijay pujara rohit kohli rahane ashwin dhoni jadeja bhuvi aaron ishant

  • inswing on July 26, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    "One of the reasons to go back to the orthodox combination could be that Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been providing the runs down the order" What?This makes absolutely no sense. Because a bowler is scoring runs, you need one more batsman? You would need one less batsman, not more. Ashwin in place of Binny makes sense. Playing Rohit risks tiring out the bowlers. Hopefully this is not back to the negative and defensive Dhoni mindset - load up with batsmen and try to draw out all matches from now on.

  • on July 26, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Feel sad for the travelling India cricket media who have to watch the Indian net sessions to figure out what the team might do! The lack of communication from the Indian setup is galling.

    But i also believe that the Indian media to an extent also has to bear responsibility for this sorry state of affairs as the Indian cricket management have burnt their fingers with the media earlier!

  • opto_pus on July 26, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Big_Poppa_94- "Kohli is NOT a walking wicket. 3 out of the 4 dismissals he got were good deliveries" Englands's bowlers are struggling and good deliveries are made to look better when you have a poor quality cricketer like Kohli. I garantee you Kohli will never be a great test batsmen, Pujara and Murali Vijay are real test batsmen, along with Rehane. In the next five years Indian one day cricket fan boys will realise that Kohli only belongs in ODI and T20 cricket and not in the serious business of Test Cricket, neither does he have application, ability or technical skills to bat in England on seaming pitches. I expect the aussies with Johnson and Ryan Harris and co to give Kohli's test career the going over and him to become indian ODI captain and not play much test cricket in the future due to his poor showing in Engalnd and Australia.Remember where you heard it first from opto_pus Kohli will not beat his 119 score in England this series whether he plays the next 3 matches or not.

  • on July 26, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Rohit should have opened the series. Look, after the slew of chances Dhoni got in tests, Rohit has hardly deserved this. It's not me saying. Even Kohli says that Rohit is this lot's best batsman and he is. Get off his back and give him some space. We need him in Old Trafford and Oval and In Aus.

  • on July 26, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    MS. .. go with rohit. .. Instead of Binny. .. rohit will be a part time offie too.

  • on July 26, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Vijay ashwin Pujara Kohli RAHANE Rohit DHONI JADEJA Kumar shami Sharma My XI

  • on July 26, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Rohit sharma is the right choice to strengthen the batting side to support virat and dhavan to get back to form cause cant rely every time on Bhuvi to score half century .. Stuart binny was obvious replacment

  • on July 26, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    India didn't have any choice as shikhar and kohli not in their top and you cant rely every time bhuvi to score half century and they have to include one more batsman and it was but obvious choice to replace Rohit in place of Binny

  • ns1000 on July 26, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    A few concerns after the first 2 Tests as follows: Dhawan (should be replaced by Gambhir or Rohit), Shami (should be replaced by Aaron or Pandey) and Binny (should be replaced by Ashwin). India needs 4 front line bowlers plus Jadeja. Jadeja is an excellent fielder and bowls economically which puts pressure on the batsmen. He should work on scoring more runs in Tests and giving more flight to become a genuine all-rounder. Shami looks tired. Dhoni needs to score more runs. Kohli is unlucky to receive some unplayable deliveries. Rahane could also be made to open the innings. If Dhoni plays less than 5 bowlers, then it will be difficult to take 20 wickets in a Test match. Kumar, Ishant and Vijay need to keep overachieving. Pujara looks like the new Dravid.

  • ramli on July 26, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Reverting back to 4-bowler strategy will spell doom on India and will negate whatever positives gained so far in the series ... you can expect more injuries and break-downs from bowlers (esp Shami and IS) ... stupid move if the saying is right ...

  • Snambidi on July 26, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    My Team forAgeas Pitch at Southampton is the same team minus Virat Kohli& in his place Rohit Sharma. Stuart Binny although a winner and rescue Specialist must give way for Aswin. In Southampton Seamers may not have much impact whereas Spinners might be useful.Aswin in peculiar circumstances could be successful with Bat too. Gambhir should allow a win in this match first& later be considered for the Fourth Test.Even if India beaten or a draw ,Gambhir should be considered in the next match. VeerenderSehwag Sehwag has a few more years left. He is worth considering in the next series.

  • on July 26, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    If Binny doesn't work, they could try Ashwin or Aaron? With India batting this deep, what is the need for an extra batsman? Also, Ashwin might provide the ideal bowling option on a 4th-5th pitch. Ashwin and Jaddu can bowl in tandem to give seamers a break and also play games in the minds of the English batsmen with poor confidence.

  • on July 26, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    I expected this move and contrary to most other people commenting here, I welcome it! Dhoni is looking out of sorts against even medium pace on seaming wickets and if Rohit can stick around with Bhuvi the same way he did with Shami against WI then India can expect 20% more runs than they would with binny in the side. Plus Rohit is a better spinning option than Vijay and can utilize the pitch in a better manner! I'm backing Rohit to hit a half century in the first innings of the 3rd test! one should also remember that he enjoyed success in England in the Champions trophy that kicked off his incredible form with the bat in 2013! He deserves a chance.

  • Mr_Anonymous on July 26, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    I think there are 3 potential changes and considering that it is a 5-Test series to give people who are not pulling their weight a rest/break and try out other "fresher" members of the side. Probably only one or two of the following will happen.

    1. Gambhir may come in for Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma or R. Ashwin may come in for Binny 3. Pankaj Singh or Ishwar Pandey or Varun Aaron may come in for Shami

    If there was only one change, I would pick Rohit Sharma or R. Ashwin to come in for Binny. If there were two changes, I would pick Gambhir coming in for Dhawan as the second change.

  • Johnny_129 on July 26, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    I know how team India is thinking - If Binny is not getting wickets then what is wrong with replacing him with a specialist batsman. However, this is wrong. Dropping Binny will weaken the Indian bowling as a whole - Even Bhuvi will become less effective when the work rate increases and England will know to see him off is job nearly done! India were lucky that Ishant had a rare good day - They are falling into a false sense of security about its bowling!! India will get a rude shock - Dhoni has already been hammered in England and I think his fears are getting the better of him. India should bring in Ashwin which will be an attacking but safe bet. OR India could go for a pacer like Aaron, Pankaj or Pandey!! The last option will require Dhoni sticking his neck out for a series win - I highly doubt that he will do that. Expect him to go with ROHIT!!

  • Johnny_129 on July 26, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @ Arup Ghose on (July 26, 2014, 9:26 GMT) - You did not see this coming??! This is exactly what I expected and and feared on my earlier posts on other articles. This is a typical India/ Dhoni move! India was on the right track but now with a one game lead they seem to be reverting back into their comfort zone - trying to avoid 2 defeats in the remaining 3 games!! Why revert back now - We have succeeded thus far so why not continue attacking. This is the first time that India has tried 5 bowlers in a long long time and it is succeeding even without Binny's contribution with the ball. India is like a mouse running into its hiding place after gabbing a piece of cheese! Best option would be to bring in Ashwin for Binny - A like-for-like swap. Ashwin has been an under-achiever overseas, understood. BUT instead of looking at him as the lead bowler, we can expect him to grab a wicket or two and he would be a handy lower order bat.

  • Surajrises on July 26, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    This is a wrong approach by MS Dhoni. Just because he is struggling with the Bat doesn't mean that he adds one more batsman to the line up and put more pressure on the bowlers. He really needs to trust Stuart Binny and give him more opportunities. This is definitely not happening. It would be really sad to see if Stuart Binny is made to sit. Yes he did play a typical Shahid Afridi shot at the wrong situation but still that was just 4th innings in his career. I hope MS doesn't select RS at Ageas Bowl.

  • on July 26, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Team should be Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Ishant. IF the pitch is brown India should go with 2 spinners and 2 pacers.

  • on July 26, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Drop shikhar dhawan, rahane should open..keep rohit in middle order..bring varon aaron instead of binny..as wicket is bouncy..varon will be effective..so 4 fast bowler, 1 spinner as jadeja. Rohit & M. Vijay as part timer..great team balance...

  • on July 26, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Its amazing that how when Binny was selected I was not in his favor but today when talks are on to replace him, I am all for him.

  • on July 26, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    binny didn't even bowl 25 overs in two tests and failed to make any impact in bowl dept as well as bat dept except for one innings rohit would be much better choice and as for kohli is concerned i think he deserves one more CHANCE

  • Big_Poppa_94 on July 26, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    lol some people on here a clueless and clearly lack knowledge in cricket.

    Kohli is NOT a walking wicket. 3 out of the 4 dismissals he got were good deliveries. He's due a big one, has performed overseas and has looked fluent in places. As long as he sticks around, he will score heavily.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 26, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    @opto_pus

    You don't know what you're talking about. He batted well in the 1st innings at Lord's before getting an unplayable delivery on a green top. He is in good touch, not form. Drop him? Seriously? "India's Alastair Cook?" He's gone 4 innings without a 50+ score. Give him another 2 or 3 chances. He has not displayed any weakness. He is still middling the ball on the bat. Rohit is a good choice because he can bowl good offspin and can bat

  • opto_pus on July 26, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    India need to bring Rohit Sharma in to replace the veryt poor performing Virat Kolhi and bring in Varun Arron for the non bowler that is Stuart Binny, Stuart Binny is so poor even the opposition number 9, 10 and 11 would want to play him because his bowling is of low county cricket standard at best and the only way to win in England is with seam bowling. Therefore bring on Varun Arron in short 4 over spells and with flat out pace like the aussie hit England with Johnson Mitchell's pace. The Indians should use Arron as there Johnson in short bursts and with bouncers at the England batsmen. England are a lot more suspect to boucer's then Indian bastsmen. Rohit Sharma should replace Kohli because Kohli looks like a walking wicket ever time he goes out to bat Kohli seem like he's burned out and has nothing to give besides an easy wicket for England. Kohli can be bought back for the one day international but at test level in England he looks very poor and shaky, he is India's Alistair Cook.

  • on July 26, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Dhoni mentioned and praised abt Ashwin in the presentation ceremony at Lord's but this article says that there's a strong possibility of Rohit Sharma's inclusion in the next match but again the writer says the final XI could be decided on first day of the test match.. I think Dhoni's playing mindgames with already deflated and out of confidence England.. I think it's a double bluff to confuse England and destroy their game plans.. Good move I must say if it is a double bluff.. The pitch at Southampton is bound to crumble by 4th and 5th day and I think If Dhoni wins the toss then he will definitely opt to bat first to let his two spinners spun a web around England team from 4th and 5th day onwards albeit he includes Ashwin in the final XI... Let's see how it all unfolds tomorrow.. My guts says Ashwin's in the team but my pancreas say Rohit's in the team..Whatever, I want India to win..

  • HiyerNHiyer on July 26, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Dear Dhoni

    Please play atleast four specialist bowlers. Though I like Jadeja, I don't consider him or binny a specialist bowler.

    You might based on the Pitch play either four seamers plus Jadeja / Ashwin / Rohit plus Vijay plus Dhawan as the fifth spinner. I would prefer Ashwin given the number of left handers in England plus the fact that he is a good slip fielder as well.

  • on July 26, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    I would go as far to suggest that India drop Shikhar Dhawan who looks out of touch and select Ashwin as an opener, as he has begun his first class career as an opener and is a fine batsman and has a more solid technique than Dhawan. Even if he does get just 20's and 30's it's basically what Dhawan is doing and Ashwin provides the crucial 5th bowler option as well and would come in very handy in the 4th innings..... hope Dhoni makes a brave decision, I would!!!

  • on July 26, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Completely sideline the new guy (Binny) who you absolutely do not want in the team, and then say he is useless, so that you can bring back your favourites (Rohit, Ashwin), classic Dhoni, isn't it? All the while offering platitude to the press about how he looks forward to nurturing a seaming allrounder for the future blah blah blah...

  • Capt.Sudhanshu on July 26, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Critisizing Dhoni all the time doesn't do any good to Indian cricket. Look at his records. Most successful Indian captain of all time & in good form all the time. And now have a cap of a rare test win at Lords. How about the option ? Virat ? For God sake, let him first get over of A.Sharma & come back to form & then claim captaincy. Any other better option ? No, not for 2-3 years from now. So better help Dhoni by advising him good things rather than critisizing. He always looks to do something different just for the sake of India win & nothing else. So be patient & don't forget under his captaincy, India won T20 world cup, 50-over world cup & Champions trophy (mini world cup). Also India was no.1 in test,one-day & now in T20 under his captaincy. So friends pray for his long lasting career with more success & Chappel shut your Gob.

  • sergio11 on July 26, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Actually Dhoni struggling and Jaddu doing very well..Rohit is a better choice to replace binny than Ashwin..he can bowl off spin as well...Rohit need to show some maturity like other players..he must stop chasing balls out side offside like all other..i personally believe when it comes to talent no one is gifted more than Rohit..even Kholi..Rohit at 6 will be a huge boost for india...

  • on July 26, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Honestly I didn't see this moving coming. I thought India would have persisted with 5 bowlers, but drop Binny for Ashwin. If it's a dry wicket then two spinners will come into play and if India can manage to bat first , then they'll be lethal on the final two days. Considering that the 7, 8 and 9 would be occupied by Jadeja, Ashwin and Kumar, do we need the extra batsman when these 3 are capable of scoring 100 between them.

    With 4 bowlers, the question will remain if we can get 20 wickets. Yes Binny didn't help much in the last two matches, but that doesn't mean our bowlers will always perform so it's nice to have that 5th option.

    I just hope If we go with Rohit, that we don't struggle to take 20 wickets because Dhoni's choice will be severely questioned, especially when a player of Ashwin's calibre sits on the bench!

  • Coolcapricorn on July 26, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Total MISTAKE to go in with an extra batsmen at the expense of a bowler - even though Binny may have been used very sparingly to date. Ashwin should be the one brought into the team to replace Binny. If you have just four bowlers, you only tend to overbowl them but one of them could easily break down or have a poor Test! This is what happened in NZ & SA - haven't India learned from this & are now going back to repeating the same old mistakes. If it is a defensive ploy now that India have got their noses ahead in the series & are more than happy to get a draw, it is too early to do so with three Tests still to go. I also think India badly missed having a second specialist spinner in the last Test.

  • GRVJPR on July 26, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    quite unbelievable how people are reacting. Rohit sharma has had a good hit at nets and people are behaving as of final eleven is already announce. So much impatience among indian fans for no reason at all. That's why they get impatient when a batsmen like Dhawan gets couple of low scores. For Indian fans it has to be a 100 in every match for a palyer to be a good player. Well, even sachin couldn't do that. Be patient and don't make fool of yourselves here.

  • on July 26, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Kohili must be out of the team n rohit sharma must get place instea of kohli...and instead of dhawan gambhir must get the chance n jadeja must go top up the order so he can understand about the importance of his wicket

  • NP_NY on July 26, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    I know it is too early for Sharma jokes after Ishant's performance at Lord's, but what are the chances that both Sharmas will succeed in the same test? It will be a test match of historic proportions if Ishant gets a 5-for and Rohit hits a century!

  • jagat02 on July 26, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Gambhir should come in for Dhawan as Gambhir averages more and is more experienced, Dhawan is too flashy for English conditions. Rohit Sharma should come in for Virat Kohli, Rohit averages much more also Virat is abysmally out of form. Ashwin should play instead of Binny. Ashwin is better than Murali Vijay as off-spinner plus he can bat better than Binny. Ishwar Pandey should come in for Md. Shami as Shami is completely out of sorts. So my team is: 1) Murali Vijay, 2) Gautam Gambhir, 3) Cheteshwar Pujara, 4) Ajinkya Rahane, 5) Rohit Sharma, 6) MS Dhoni, 7) Ravichandra Ashwin, 8) Ravindra Jadeja, 9) Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, 10) Ishant Sharma, 11) Ishwar Pandey

  • cesar12345 on July 26, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    @balaji28 buddy have a look at first class stats as you mentioned in your previous comment

    Its Rohit Sharma who deserves to be in the team along with rahane

    badrinath avg59,kedar avg 50. rohit avg 60

    and he is the one who scored triple in FC have a good sight at stats before you put it as comment

  • merajaan on July 26, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    If Dhoni could even hold a bat in overseas test matches then they wouldn't even be considering an extra batsmen. Classic defensive Dhoni, let's bring in an extra batsman so we can draw the remaining games. What he needs to be doing is bolstering his bowling attack and ensuring that we take 20 wickets throughout the remaining matches. After seeing how the english batsmen played the short ball in the last match, wouldn't it make sense to bring in an express fast bowler like Varun Aaron?! Why bother investing in a trundler like Binny, when you should be offering chances to a true fast bowler which is a rare commodity in Indian cricket. But Dhoni won't because he prefers medium pacers who can contain the runs as opposed to express bowlers who can actually rip through a side. How many chances did he give Umesh Yadav, another express bowler who didn't even get to play in one test match in South Africa despite looking good in the preceding ODIs. Back your express bowlers Dhoni!

  • on July 26, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    The better thing would be to replace Dhawan with Rohit Sharma and binny with Ashwin . Let the rest be as is.

  • shashi_dhoni on July 26, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Its poor decision to play with rohit who is not comfortable with swing and seam pitches... even in odis if he opens he struggle to get bat on ball against good fast bowling attack... my choice will be ASHWIN who bats better than dhoni and jadeja in tests .... and also england have SIX LEFTIES in their side which will make ashwin a good option in last two days ,,,, If bhuvi , jadeja contribute why the hell we need another seven batsmen in the side ... my choice batting order 5+1+3+2 Dhawan (last chance) , Murali , Pujjara , Kohli , Rahane , Dhonni , Jaddu , Ashwin , Bhuvi (all three can contribute) Ishant, Shami (last chance in this series)....

  • Eclipse0990 on July 26, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    @balaji28.. Kohli is in team because he is a fantastic batsman. Sharma averages 60 in FC. So does Badri but his age has been a problem for selectors. Jadhav averages 50 yes. But he is also almost 30. Binny was given a chance because Irfan Pathan is injured. Else we'd have Pathan and Bhuvi and that'd be enough. I understand that to a lot of people Ashwin would seem a better choice since he can bat and bowl a bit. But tell me. Would you want to take a spinner who can bat to a seaming/swinging pitch? Or you'd want to take a proper batsman. That's all there is to it. And India does not have a better batsman than Sharma on the bench. You could say Gambhir but he loves fishing outside the off. He'd fail exactly where Indian batsmen came on top in last match.

  • on July 26, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    If Binny isnt in, then Ashwin has to play as a holding bowler and a decent batsman. Rohit will be a hopeless addition in the team.

  • Aravind_Verified on July 26, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    can't understand these things..India waited for a long period for a good bowling all rounder..now we have three such players in Jadeja,Bhuvaneswar kumar and Ashwin..but they are still going with 6 specialist batsman..what is the need of 6 batsman and Dhoni at no.7 and jadeja at no.8 who has 3 triple centuries and BK at no.9..India can easily go with Dhoni at no.6 and jadeja,ashwin and BK at no.7,8 & 9..They can go with ashwin in place of Rohit..on an average Rohit can contribute 70-80 runs in a match and Ashwin can score 50-60 runs and bowl 40 overs..anyday ashwin's contribution is better for a team..Iam sure someone like Micheal Clarke would go that way..but Dhoni is such a defensive captain..he will always go the defensive way

  • siltbreeze on July 26, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    As an Englishman, I'm bemused by this. I just assumed that Ashwin would come in for Binny at Southampton, where you can expect the pitch to take turn. India are better than England at the moment and should try to finish us off, not get negative and try to defend the 1-0 lead.

  • ozind95 on July 26, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    If any one is to be dropped from the Indian team it should be S Dhawan not binny as he has failed with the bat time and again ,not only on this series .Binny needs to be natured and needs exposure for the greater good of Indian cricket as he needs to be blooded so to speak.

  • JG2704 on July 26, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    I can undarstand this. Binny is mainly there as a bowler and he's not delivered in that dept (albeit with a limited number of overs) so it seems that Sharma would add a lengthier batting line up which will make it even tougher for England to get back in the series. Having said that I think Eng are making a good enough job of this themselves

  • on July 26, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I believe India should not go for a change from winning combination. Adding another specialist batsman means you are allowing the current out of form Batsman like Virat and Dhawan to realize they are safe in even India lose .

  • on July 26, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    This seems like a good decision. Judging from Ashwin's bowling record overseas choosing him would be the same as playing Binny. I'm also pretty sure that England will be looking into how to get out India's lower order quickly. So we can't rely on Bhuvi and Shami to score runs. Judging from the past trends of the two test matches only 1 or 2 specialist batmen have been scoring runs. Jadeja's batting cannot be relied upon but he is still a better bowler than Ashwin outside India. So I rate playing Rohit at no.6 is a good plan. Plus he is India's best part-time spinner at present. I'm very sure that Rohit won't disappoint us with his batting and he can also bowl 10 overs in 1 innings.

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Need to go in for Ashwin in place of Binny. Logically if your bowlers are making runs (B. Kumar, Jadeja, Sami ) then go in for extra bowler & not extra batsman. Ashwin can bat well (already 1 or 2 centuries in Tests)

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    I can't see them making this change, Dhoni has stated that he wants 5 bowlers so that he is equipped with an attack that can take 20 wickets. When he finally gets the team balance he wants and the desired result on top I just can't see him changing back. I could see Ashwin coming in for Binny, but not Rohit.

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    no need to replace binny... he can replace dhawan with gambhir... rohit will have to wait for 1 more test.. ashwin will also have to wait..

  • Nandu_Athadu on July 26, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Poor decision to drop Binny for Rohit, if it is true. How come you decide the worth of a player when you don't give enough time to prove himself. Binny played very good in the first test with the bat and toiled hard on a dead track where every other bowler struggled to take wicktes. In 2nd test he was not given bowling on a track which was ideal for him with swing n seam movement. I always felt you need to have fast bowling all rounder in tests playing in ENG, AUS n NZ over a spinner all rounder. It was gives an edge to the captain to use his main bowlers in short spans and keep them fresh and charging and a fast bowler have helpful conditions on these pitches over a spinner. one has to remember that India lost the momentum in SA n NZ due to lack of 5th bowler,mainly seamer, in helpful conditions. If you want to drop Binny get another bowler but not a specialist batsman.Bhuvi is looking assured while batting and so is shami. So strengthen the bowling dept and go for the kill.all d best

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 26, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Gambhir in the opening and Dhavan in the middle order is far better than Rohit - at least in overseas tests. He failed in last 4 overseas tests.

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    I want to see gautam and rohit to play in the 3rd test.ind is already 1-0 up in the series.ind should play another specialist batsmen just in case the batting fails.rohit can also bowl he can get wickets india have partime bowlers like kohli.vijay etc.ind have jadeja who is an amazing all rounder .so rohit should re place binny.gambhir.should replace dhawan.even though gambhir was involved in the 8-0 humiliating .defeat against eng and aus .it is a new season fresh

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Love all the comments about Rohit Sharma. You are all experts.. Just one question has any one of you played even school cricket

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    vijay gambhir pujara rahane dhoni jadeja ashwin bhuvi ishant pankaj

  • ashok16 on July 26, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    What a foolish decision, if this turns out to be true. If five batsman, Dhoni and our no. 2 averaging Bhuvaneswar cant get the job done, what can a sixth batasman do? Does Dhoni think he can draw the next three matches and get away with the series trophy? If this were true, look for Bhuvi to get injured by overwork around the 4th test match, and by end of series Shami to bowl at off spin speeds & Ishant to revert to his usual 100% effort with 10% results.

  • Stateside_Steve on July 26, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    India should do a closed practice or put a gag order on leaking information like this. They shouldn't be tipping their hand like this 3 days ahead of the game and thereby by removing the surprise element.

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Sorry Guys, if india go for draw then most probably india will loose all remaining matches, so go for win.

  • balaji28 on July 26, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    @eclipse0990 I think if you speak of first class record then rohit ,binny and kohli won't even make the indian test squad.Then that means kedar jadhav,badrinath and irfan would have made the squad. I can bet if rohit is selected he will surely fail and again india will lose it's confidence.No matter ashwin can bowl a bit and bat a bit too and he will be a proper and logical replacement to binny. In ageas bowl if a batsmen stands for a session the batsmen will be get used to the track and then it won't be an easy task for bowlers unless india have a fifth bowler india can't survive.

  • devilznitein on July 26, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    As an India fan I will be irritated to see rohit sharma play tomo, I really would appreciate a replacement for binny but not rohit. He is totally u reliable and 4 bowler combination is going to give england the edge, why not play the 5 th bowler, bhuvaneshwar can bat, top order is doing good, rahane is on form, jadeja is as well, what is the need for the extra batsman?

  • DesaiVijay on July 26, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    I am posting this only with a hope that it reaches Dhoni.

    To win a test match a team needs to take 20 wickets of opponents. Looks silly!!! every body knows this!!!!. I really don't understand why Indian team is not realizing this.

    If six batsman can't achieve a win or draw then chances of seven doing it are only bleak.

    Dhoni batting later to Rohit also looks foolish. Its time Dhoni understands his capacity and continue to bat at No 6. Play Ashwin in place of Binny (that too to accommodate 2 spinners). Ashwin, Jadeja and Bhuvi are more than good Batsman.

    Trying Pandey in place of Shami also appears to be a good option.

  • ladycricfan on July 26, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    The way Dhoni is playing with players' (Binny, Ashwin) carreers, we will have a new test captain for the Australia series. As Ian Chappel rightly said Dhoni has been captaining for too long. This is a young team needs a young captain.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on July 26, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    The sight of a green track as promised by curator is already playing in home teams favor.A few doubts have been put to mind of India ,and already 1-0 up are taking a defensive route by playing extra batsmen. But even if they play Rohit don't think it will make any diff to Ind,or Eng for that matter.On this pitch his technique,static foot work will be easily exploited by Jimmy and co. His part time offies will come in handy though when the End batsmen will be in middle of some huge p'ships!

  • on July 26, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Every one is talking about Dhawan, but how about Kohli. Kohli made (1, 8, 25, 0) and Dhawan made (19, 29 , 7, 31). Gambhir should replace Kohli.

  • sagsaw on July 26, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    NO ROHIT, with Shami and Bhuvnesh contributing with BAT and England bowlers not looking good, DHONI must go with extra bowler PANKAJ SINGH who is fast and has movement too ...

    ISHWAR PANDEY IS YET to settle and VARUN ARON is unreliable ...

    PANKAJ SINGH is amongst the highest wickets this year in DOMESTIC ...

    Must get a lookin ...

  • WaqaasRumani on July 26, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    The Problem with having Rohit Sharma is that he doesn't inspire confidence. His centuries were against West Indies whose bowling attack is at present weak. Ashwin has a better temperament than Rohit for test matches. With Ashwin, I would know what to expect and I am likely to get more than the expectation at least with the bat. With Rohit, it is basically underachievement which follows. Genuinely, India's main requirement is to ensure that they get 20 wickets and having Ashwin in the team is the right way to go. If the top 6 batsmen can't do their job, when you supposedly have 3 of the world's most exciting and upcoming cricketers in Pujara, Kohli and Rahane with an explosive Dhoni at six (Though he is opposite in test compared to his record in ODIs), one cannot expect number 7 to do it. Sourav's time it suited us as our bowlers Srinath, Zaheer and Nehra/Agarkar with Kumble/Bhajji were potent enough to get 20 wickets. This time we need more bowling help.

  • DINESHCC on July 26, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    MiddleStump: Brilliant! No one can say in just 3 lines the comedy of errors made by ourTeam management.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    right mix: Vijay. Gambhir. Kohli. Pujara. Rahane. Ashwin. Jadeja. Dhoni + 3 seamers.

  • Capt.Sudhanshu on July 26, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    More batsmen required for the remaining tests so as to save the series. India already 1-up, even drawing next three will be good enough for India to enjoy an away series win. So more batters means more chance to save a match by making more runs. Not a bad idea to play 7-specialist batters. As far as bowling is concerned, if 4 best bowlers cannot take 20 wkts, 5th one could do no magic. And history of Indian cricket shows that only 4 bowlers have made India win many matches than 5 bowlers. So enjoy friends.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    I think its better to play a bowler instead of Rohit sharma who cannot be relied on such conditions . I am also baffled why the team management is betting on shikhar dhawan who is struggling to find form in test matches for a while , its time to unleash Gautam gambhir in the upcoming test .

  • sreehk on July 26, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    If India go with 4 pronged pace attack, it is death knell for England. Imagine Ishant, Bhuvi, Shammi and Varun coming at a weakened England attack. India will have pace, swing and bounce all blended in their bowling attack and the captain should order his bowlers to get opponents heads. Perhaps a never before for India and sounds like an Aussie or West Indian approach. This also gives batsmen the focus that they are 6 batsmen and should score runs instead of basking in the cushion of 7th bat who may never click. Even if they put up totals around 350, it should be good enough for an attack like above to bundle out England for 200 odd giving a lead of 100. This should be enough to close things in second innings.

  • GRVJPR on July 26, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    @ViratIndian, Struggling Dhawan?? Are you watching the same series as myself. Dhawan is not struggling at all. He is making things look too easy. Just that he is getting out on low scores. A century is round the corner. He is in fine form and middling every ball without any problem. Gambhir would only poke outside the off stump. He will not bring any solidity. In fact he and other seniors were main reasons for Indias 8-0 debacle. Even AB devillers is getting out on low scores in SL. Does that mean South Africa throw him out of team?? Not every player gets runs in every test match. Even greatest of batsmen score @ 1 century in every 4 test matches. Dhawan will definitely score big in coming games and so is Virat Kohli. Have patience.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    I won't suggest to change winning combination. Rohit sharma is not reliable. gambhir might be better choice. Binny has potential to become a good all rounder if given a chance. bhuvi & jaddu already sharing enough load for top order. To win a test match strainghtning bowling would needed. best is to stick to the wining combination

  • SamRoy on July 26, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Rohit Sharma averaged scored 167 runs in 8 innings in NZ and SA. The pitches in SA were good for batting unlike normal SA conditions with very little seam and swing except in first innings (of both sides) in Jo'Burg. The pitches in NZ were helpful for the first couple of days and then flattened out in batting paradises. So I do not know how Rohit Sharma is going to make a sudden impact (unless it is like Trent Bridge with low bounce as well). Better playing Ashwin at least he can tie it from one end against lefties in second innings.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    another batsman s d need of the hour,as we cannot expect lower order to bail us out consistently. at the same time,shami looks jaded. he definitely needs some rest to energise himself. give ishwar or pankaj or varun a chance to play. I feel varun can b a handful in pitches wit pace and bounce like tat in ageas bowl.

  • Eclipse0990 on July 26, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Oh. And Rohit can bowl too. In England, we need batsman who can bowl spin. Not spinners who can bat. Look at Moin Ali and Kerringtan situation. Even home team has ditched a regular spinner for a part timer.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    india should keep it mind that they cant win without taking 20 wickets..

  • Eclipse0990 on July 26, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Okay. Not a Rohit fan. But he is a good test batsman. It shows up in his FC record too. Yes his return has been below average in 4 away tests. FOUR AWAY tests. And Ashwin is not a front line batsman. If he comes in the team, it'll be as an allrounder. Spin bowling would not have much effect in English pitches. At lords, the ball was turning square from the rough and Jadeja bowled beautifully troubling the poms but didn't get wickets. And we all know about Ashwin's overseas record too. So maybe it is better to get a batsman in place of Binny. Rohit would be chosen because openers are doing good. And he can score faster than Gambir. Yes. Even Dhawan is playing well and hitting the ball nicely. If we get Gambhir in with Vijay, then it counts as Dhoni aiming for draw.

  • ViratIndian on July 26, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Gambhir Should replace struggling Dhawan and Rohit instead of Binny. This combination gives stability at top of the batting order and at lower-middle order. Gambhir is well experienced cricketer along with in-form Vijay followed by classy Pujara will definitely edge out Anderson, Broad and Jordan. PlayingXI- Gambhir-Vijay-Pujara-Virat-Rahane-Rohit-Dhoni-Jadeja-Bhuvi-Shami-Ishant

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma open along with Vijay would be easy for England to put pressure on India , since both the players striking rate is too low. May be Dhawan not converting his score to 50's but he always put pressure on opponents. Hope Dhoni will keep S.Dhawan.

  • Rodc on July 26, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    If feel mr Binny was lucky to play for India in a test match,and i'm happy that finally we have understood that bit and pieces cricketer can never stay long in a Test side,I'm sure that Binny has played his last test for India.

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Oh no, Not him again..This is torture.... Please not him again.. I cannot bear to watch him throw his wicket away after scoring 30+ good looking runs..He is a legend in Indian cricket..The only talented Indian batsman who throws his wicket away(for absolutely no reason fathomable by human mind)even when he's in prime form..He oozes with talent they say but it's six year he made his debut in international cricket but that talent is still just puffing out, Not oozing out.. Please Dhoni, Why do you wanna lose the next match? We have an upperhand in this series, Let it be that way..Oh no, We are losing at Southampton.. I can see the future.. We are losing it.. :(

  • haydenchakra on July 26, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Ashwin will be very useful in this 3rd test he can bat and bowl in good length can contain runs so Ashwin in binny out

  • on July 26, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Ashwin was rested for last 8 months , Dhoni can easly replace binny by Ashwin.

  • Rajeshj on July 26, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Looks like Dhoni is inclined towards permanently sidelining Ashwin in favor of Binny/Jadeja.. Jadeja has hardly performed as a spinner in the last 4 tests now.. He went wicketless in two tests and picked up 1 and 3 respectively in the other two and mind you there were 3 tailender wickets in it.. and battingwise he has just scored just two freaky knocks of 43 and 68 to show till date.. and he always rides his luck while batting, which is not good test batting.. still everyone loves to rate him as the best spinner and all-rounder.. double standards at its unique definition.. Dhawan has played like a blind-folded man in South Africa and now England.. He has so far been able to score in flat Indian and slightly flat NZ pitches.. If at all Rohit needs to be included, then he should slot in place of Dhawan only and not Binny.. Again Gambhir would be a better shot than Rohit in these conditions..

  • finetune on July 26, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Have a look at number of overs bowled by Indian main stream bowlers(Including the practice matches) Ishant,Jaddu,Bhuvi and Shami is 113,112,104 and 65 respectively.Considering the fact this is a 5 match series and India has mostly used only 4 bowlers in last 2 matches and we have 3 more tests to go,Fatigue will surely come in to picture as we reach near 2nd half of this series. remember this guys have bowled in the nets too,that's a lot of bowling. Now India needs a bowler who can share the work load on this 4 guys and help them keep fresh. I don't see Rohit bowling hardly 10 overs in next match if he plays for Binny. Now the options are Aaron,Pandey,Pankaj and Ashwin. Aaron is 3 to 4 overs per spell bowler he will not be of much help unless he takes wickets in bulk. I would say go with Pankaj or Ashwin depending on pitch conditions. and please say no for Rohith at this point of time if India is willing to take this series to home by 2-1 or 3-0.

  • TRAM on July 26, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    In the 2 tests, Shami has taken 4 wkts while Binny has taken nothing. Shami bowled at 3.7 rpo, while Binny at 4.1 rpo. Not much difference in the economy. But Shami has bowled 3 times more overs than Binny (59 overs vs 20 overs), he had the privilege of using new ball every time and before the batsmen got settled at the crease. Whereas Binny was given the rank old ball with no swing and when the batsmen were completely settled. To top it all, Shami is a reverse swing bowler who should get the ball only when it is old, where as Binny is a normal swing bowler who needs shine on the ball similar to Bhuvi.

    How is it fair to treat Binny this way and discard?? No one seem to address this.

  • Akash_23 on July 26, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I find it a bit absurd to play another batsman in the team. This way we will have the top seven batsmen followed by two all-rounders Jadeja and Bhuvi at No. 8 & 9. That's virtually a nine-batsmen line-up. Why not play an extra bowler instead of Binny? We have a spinner in Ashwin and a pace bowler in Aaron warming the bench. This can result in a very hard toil for the four bowlers if there is a long innings by the English batsmen.

  • vishal_87 on July 26, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Rohit Sharma replacing Dhawan, No Gambhir yet, Rahane will be Vijay's opening partner, Rohit Sharma batting at 5th spot, Binny bowling more overs (pitch has good carry and bounce), overall the same 6-5 strategy.

  • on July 26, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Well said @Yuvi_storm.. this is the time to have someone like Rohit Sharma in team as MSD is not in good form and u can't expect Rahane to perform every time with the tail. Inclusion of Rohit will strengthen middle and lower order and he can bowl too if required. Also need to include Gambhir in place of Dhawan. Gambhir's defensive technique is far better than Dhawan's. He will surely perform and hopefully we'll see much awaited 100-run opening partnership. Take Gambhir and Rohit and go 2-0 up in the series.All the best Team India.

  • Iceman29 on July 26, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    This is a poor move by dhoni..again same old story.....The only one who has to go is Shikar Dhawan....I doubt that his confident level is very low...Gambhir should replace him since he is also a left hander but am afraid he is not going to get any chance as long as Dhoni is captain....Ashwin is the right choice to replace binny at the moment...

  • ThePacifist10 on July 26, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    For the last time, THERE HAS BEEN NO FIFTH BOWLER. Binny didn't even bowl and when he did, he was atrocious. He messed up his chance with the bat as well. Ashwin is not unfamiliar to the English. I assure you, they would have studied him and prepared for him extensively. It doesn't matter whether it's a left hander batting. Jadeja bowled superbly to them. If Jadeja alone cannot help, then the canny off spin of Vijay and Rohit will! Both are unknowns, which is why Vijay got a wicket! Rohit is a good choice, provided he does his primary job and bats well. He has good technique. If he bats like Vijay or Rahane then it's even better and the runs will come. Kohli will also get back into form soon. I suspect this move covers for Kohli as well, in case he doesn't click. Kohli is in good touch, he just needs one good innings and a bit of luck. He hasn't actually played badly on this tour

  • fairfan70 on July 26, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Going with four bowlers is a defensive move and it is expected of Dhoni. All Indian captains tend to become defensive/conservative after getting a lead in the test series.

  • on July 26, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    apart from this change, another much needed change is to include Gambhir instead of Dhawan. We all know what Gambhir's capability is and also Dhawan has been in poor form since last few innings.

  • Kapil_Choudhary on July 26, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    So with the Lords Test in the bag, and India leading the series, they expectedly, but unfortunately, go back to a defensive 6-batsman-4-bowler combination instead of going for the kill !!! Hope it doesn't bite them in the behind...

  • india_boy33 on July 26, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to play Rohit in test matches abroad then this is the right time (series) for him. Becoz England's pace attack is weak & Rohit should gain some confidence in himself by playing 1 or 2 games in England. This is a another question that Rohit is a below average batsman. If Dhoni want to sit Rohit on bench in this series & want to try him in next tour to down under then that should be a massive mistake by Dhoni. Because it's much easier to face England pacers rather than Aussies.

  • on July 26, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I think now MS is starting to hinder the progress of this young test team.

  • cesar12345 on July 26, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    GOD save rohit sharma from these haters (sic) rohit and ashwin have same record overseas then why you all are against rohit's inclusion If the tailenders do not perform and the top ordrer rattles as usual then it will be a definite defeat come on guys give him a chance in your team he will not prove you wrong

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on July 26, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    @everyone, mates, i think, mahi doing great decision by hving faith in Rohit sharma. A right handy batsman, with off break bowler. Do not be surprise if Rohit does 4 spell of 5-5 overs in both the innings... As green pitch like lords, Dhoni do not want to fell in trouble like 140-7, and also you do not expect everytime bhuvi to come at no.9 and deliever... Rohit is nice choice... 1 think i want from Dhoni that, Goutam gambhir is the bench warmer. Go with him and Remove Dhawan. My XI for 3rd test. 1.G.Gambhir 2.M.Vijay 3.C.Pujara 4.V.Kohli 5.A.Rahane 6.R.Sharma 7.MSD 8.R.Jadeja 9.B.Kumar 10.M.Shami 11.I.Sharma.

  • landl47 on July 26, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    It's hard to see how Rohit improves India's chances of winning. He might be OK if India is in trouble and needs someone to bail them out (although Binny did that pretty well in the first test), but he's not going to help on the bowling side and if India isn't in trouble why would another batsman be of any use? It seems like a defensive move to me.

    Ashwin would be a potential wicket-taker and is also a useful bat. Selecting him would be the more attacking option. If Binny is only going to be given 20 overs a game, what has India to lose by selecting Ashwin?

  • Johnny_129 on July 26, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    If you look at my earlier posts on other articles - This is what I predicted and feared! India is typically taking a defensive approach. Ashwin would have been the best replacement for Binny - He is capable of getting a few runs down the order and he is a chance of grabbing a wicket or two. My picking Rohit, India have indicated that they want to protect a one game lead! India have suddenly reversed on it's decision to play the fifth bowler - Very disappointing. Hope Dhoni will take the gutsy approach (no, it is not the stupid approach) that has succeeded thus far. With India going back to 4 bowlers, it will be a different ball game!

  • Namo123 on July 26, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Well its looks like Dhoni is trying to back up himself to score some more runs rather than giving his bowler some comfort by playing Ashwin as a fifth bowler.. now after having 7 batsman tailender should consider no batting at all.. just focus on bowling

  • tanstell87 on July 26, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    i cant understand some people here wanting Ashwin in the team for 3rd test in place of Binny...Ashwin is mediocre & is a proven flop outside the sub-continent...he struggled in Australia, South Africa & New Zealand not only in tests but also in ODIs....so its better not to play him...the most preferred option would have been Amit Mishra but Jadeja with his batting gets the nod for the only spinner's slot...

    it looks like Rohit Sharma is going to play at number 6 which means Binny will make way...one of Aaron or Ishwar Pandey should have been played but it looks like after going 1-0 up, India are going on to defensive and want to bat out England from rest of the test matches...also Dhoni sticks to same team which does well so it will be interesting to see if Rohit replaces Binny or not...

  • Plumbline on July 26, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    I prefer Ashwin for Binny. But why persist with Shikar Dhawan. Has not been performing well as an opener after his debut innings. Why not play Gautam Gambhir?

  • Sandy1601 on July 26, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    I would prefer R Ashwin over S Binny as the conditions are not that helpful at this venue. Rohit and Gambhir can wait for there turn. I am sure Dhawan and Kohki will definately get an another chance. Bhuvi, Ashwin, Shami have shown that they all can contribute with bat. Even Ishant is not going to throw his wicket. The only thing Dhoni needs to do differently is that he needs to Bat like he bats in onedayers. He looks horrible while defending.

  • Ajjuba on July 26, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Dhoni should not bring Rohit in the team at this stage. Rohit is an asset and would perform when under pressure (as he has showed in the past). Instead Dhoni should look to make two changes, bringing Ashwin in place of Binny (sure we have seen Ashwin's prowess with the bat) and Varun Aaron in place of Shami.

    Aaron has showed in IPL how improved a bowler he is. Considering this pitch is traditionally a bouncy wicket, Shami's bouncers won't do much at his pace but Aaron has the ability to garner better bounce than Shami at a greater speed. As for Ashwin, he would definitely come in handy with his off spinners against the left hand batters of England. It will also help Dhoni to get more overs in and rest the pacers more by bowling 5th bowler.

  • on July 26, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    It's virat kohli's time to score big. If he does then it will end the batting contest in the middle order for an extra batsman. Thinking of changing dhawan and binny for gambhir and ashwin may work. Ideally vijay, rahane, and pujara should stedy the top order. Ishanth has found out that bowling short pitch stuff is his strength with some pace he has, shami can use his pace to bowl short pitch to the current English team who are weak in hooking , bhuvi and jaddu are in good rhythm. Formula for 20 wickets on fast bouncy pitch, go India you beauty

  • sreehk on July 26, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    I will bring Gambhir in for Dhawan and Ashwin/Aron in for Binny. Gambhir can add intensity and has a point to prove and he will not make lesser runs than Dhawan for sure. In Ashwin or Aron India would have added more teeth to its bowling. That I would say is going for the kill. If India gets another batsman instead of a bowler it again speaks of defensive mindset. If so the world had mistaken Dhoni's spontaneous decisions as aggressive and bravado.

    India XI: Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Kholi, Rahane, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar, Ashwin/Aron, Shammi, Ishant

    This to me is as strong as it gets for India.

  • on July 26, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    for doing far less than bhuvaneswar kumar in batting, Shastri came up gradually to opening slot from no.11. but then we had skippers who took bold decisions. with dhoni, Bhuvaneswar will remain at no.9 even if he scores a centuary. and likes of binni will get openings as alrounders and dumped, rightly so because they were not fit for test cricket. even now, bhuvaneswar has better leave and defence than dhavan though not flashy. but dhoni is blind to all that. may be we get a more risk taking skipper next time even if it meant losing a test or two while taking risk because we would win many more by doing so.

  • on July 26, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Choice of Ashwin will be a better option. Dhoni need to think about this is long series and his bowlers need to run long distance. As seen in last test, he is overloading pace bowlers due to lack of options. India could face great difficulty in case they lose one of current playing pace bowlers. Ashwin could be effective as he can bat as well and anyway last 2-3 player are scoring run. in such case we might not need extra batsman.

  • on July 26, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    I think Dhoni is not making right choices. Replace Dhawan with Gambhir and Binny with Ashwin will set the balance right. The batting order should be 1. Gambhir, 2. Vijay, 3. Pujara, 4. Rahane, 5. Kohli, 6. Jadeja, 7. Dhoni, 8. Bhuvi, 9. Ashwin, 10. Shami, 11. Ishant.

    Bowling 1. Ishant, 2. Shami, 3. Bhuvi, and then Ashwin and Jadeja can get long haul.

    Dhoni's aim currently is to win the series, he has won one test and now let us be defensive if he replaces one bowler to one batsman. Dhoni was never confident of Binny and that showed up when you didn't give even a single over in the second innings of Lord's test Shame on you Dhoni this is how you spoil the career of a player and make him so low on confidence. By giving 20 overs that too as part time bowler will diminish the confidence level of a player. I have seen this happening in past and now again.

  • on July 26, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    rohit sharma is an overrated batsmen.Play him only in subcontinents.

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 26, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Try Ashwin at no.6. He can bat 70-80% of Rohit Sharma at least in tests. If the scores are good and new ball not due then Dhoni can come in at no. 6. Between Jadeja, Ashwin and Bhuvi - one or even two can contribute well. Also Kohli hopefully won't be out of form for very long.

  • KumarSubramanyan on July 26, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Dhoni back to his old methods....6 batsmen, 3 fast bowlers and Jadeja as the sole spinner !!! With 6 lefthanders in the England side, Ashwin should have been the first choice spinner; but I guess we won't see Ashwin till the Oval. Why not rotate the fast bowlers ...Get Ishwar Pandey or Varun Aaron in place of Shami..

  • sujan1077 on July 26, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    not a good news, if tails are scoring consistent runs then isnt it a logic to get an extra bowler to ease the work load from these bowlers insted of an extra batsmen? my suggestion would be replace binny with aswin, he can bat too..

  • SANATP22 on July 26, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Indian Xi must like that G gambhir M Vijay C Pujara V Kohli R Sharma A Rahane R Jadeja MS Dhoni B kumar M Shami I Sharma

  • on July 26, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    I don't prefer Rohit Sharma in any team right now. if any replacement would be ashwin for binny, if another gambhir for dhawan.if u take Rohit Sharma in for dhawan then don't give rahane the opening slot as he is playing well in middle order

  • Leggie1977 on July 26, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Ashwin & Gambir should come in place of Binny & Dhawan respectively. Attacking England with 2 spinners will give us an edge. This will help Dhoni to keep up the over rates & give adequate rest to the fast bowlers without loosening the grip. I would also like to see Aaron in place of Shami who looked out of sorts in Lord's. With Aegas bowl expected to have a nice carry, Aaron can be used in short bursts of say 4-5 oversl. I don't see a need for an extra batsmen with Jadeja, Bhuvi chipping well with the bal & Ashwin is someone who can get you 20-25 runs lower down the order.

  • on July 26, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    We would need to drop Dhawan which might be in Dhoni's mind but also Kohli who should be rested for one game to see how Gambhir and Rohit go about. Starting XI 1.Gambhir 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Rohit 5.Rahane 6.Dhoni 7.Ashwin 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvneshwar 10.Shami 11.Ishant

  • on July 26, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Ravimenon, Rohit sharma averages 23 in 4 away tests.. In SA where the pitches were conducive for batting he averaged 11.. What say??

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    when you have bhuvi, jadeja who are scoring runs at 7 and 9 why you need and extra batsman to do that job.for you??? get. in an extra bowler and take the load of the remaining bowler..... this is so defensive... win.this 3 rd test and you can.look into bringing Sharma later.on

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    dhawan replaces to gambir binny replaces to rohit this is good team

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    if dhoni is not confident about his batting position let jadeja play at 6 , he is much better player than that batting position suggests and more over he seemed to have found out his batting form, why bother his batting by making him bat at 8 where bowlers will bat... that is more mental damage on jadeja rather than strengthening team...play jadeja at 6 and you will witnesses some centuries from him in upcoming tests.... and bring in another steamer.... bhuvi, ishant, shami has worked.too hard in last 2 matches.... and I.think shami is in fasting too... so we can think of resting shami for this test( after this fasting will be over) and bring in pankaj Singh in place of shami and ishvar pandey in.place of binny...and you need to Freon bhuvi as an allrounder, and you are plating him at 9 ,that's ridiculous... play him at 8 and he will score more than 300 runs in this series with a bag full of wickets... bringing rohit in is going to do more damage to team and also individual careers...

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    I don't think this is a good development...indian team again going back to.defensive mode instead of attacking.... why not bring another fast bowler or ashwin UN place of binny instead of rohit??? rohit is a good player I agree, but having 4 bowlers and 1 allrounder is a psychological strength which is much needed in this situation.... if you want to accommodate rohit in any case get him to open instead of dhawan.. one win out of nowhere are look at our team relaxing and.going to defensive mode....

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    It would be very frustrating to watch the fast bowlers bowled to the ground if Ashwin is not included in the XI. Would not be surprised though as that has been Dhoni's long standing albeit ineffective strategy.

    I feel it is the insecurity of Dhoni at 6 which is making him go for Rohit. A better comination would be to have Ashwin replace Binny and bat at No.6. He cant do much worse than Rohit, given that Rohit is an unreliable hit or miss batsman.

  • BetterReading on July 26, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    India should play Gambhir in the place of Dhawan and Rohit in the place of Binny.

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    There are 2 places worth replacing-Binny and Dhawan. Ashwin would strengthen the team, He is a good bat too..Dhawan should give way to Rohit . Gambhir another choice, But a view for future,Rohit should get the nod. Feel sorry for Amit sharma?. It's one of those players with very little luck. Just one thing,Indian players should keep away from Complacency. Hope Dhoni does not stick to the same team, Which would not be a surprise. Good lunch to indian team.

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Rohit for Dhawan and Ashwin for Binny - This will be the change Dhoni will do !!.

  • roversgate on July 26, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Dropping Binny might not have been a bad move. I was all for his selection at the start of the series but his ability to throw his wicket away when he is needed is not acceptable.

    However, going back to the 7-4 combination is not necessary. Rohit Sharma has done squat outside India and with the 5 bowler policy working well, we should pick Ishwar Pandey/Pankaj Singh instead of Binny and push Jadeja to #7. Plus both Pandey and Singh are tall guys who will automatically use the bounce to their advantage. I wouldn't mind a switch from Jadeja to Ashwin either but after his match winning knock in the last game, I don't see him being dropped.

  • cheguramana on July 26, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Only change needed was Ashwin for Binny. That wud give the team 2 spinners and 3 pacers. If at all any other change was required, Dhawan cud be replaced by Rohit. There are 3 more Tests to go, we need a 5 bowler combination to ensure they stay fresh !

  • GRVJPR on July 26, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    @ wolf777, Those were not flat batting tracks. The ball was reversing and turning a mile. In fact India was in trouble and but for Aswins batting would have lost the match because likes of pujara etc failed miserably on same track.

  • nkoch on July 26, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    play an extra bowler, play an extra bowler, play an extra bowler... Iswar Pandey will be very handy on green top. Play him and trust your batting. If you take 10 wickets quickly, you don't have to rely on batsmen to bail you out. It's just matter of time for Dhavan and especially Kohli tol click.

  • on July 26, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Ashwin should be in he is quite good bat too and playing with 5 bowlers is always aggressive strategy to go for win. Dhoni once again going into defensive mood after leading series not good for team india

  • on July 26, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    Why Dhoni always believe in going with batting all-round as front line spinner. India's strength is spin. Why don't you Go with a specialist spinner first. Jadeja can give support but can't become from lead spinner. It had been practice for Dhoni going with three and half bowler and had always failed. Still sticking to that non working theory. If you start going with one you like most instead of thinking for what is required for the team, you end up messing it up. Hope he is not gonna mess up this time when the lead in the series was taken.

  • on July 26, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Spin is the best way to attack the inexperienced English players like Robson, balance. Butler, stokes, mooen..English least prefer Ashwin in playing 11..Better go with this rather than playing with 9 Batsman..

  • ThePacifist10 on July 26, 2014, 1:43 GMT

    @Nish_US

    Doesn't matter if we get Rohit in. Binny didn't do anything useful at Lord's. The fourth seamer is pointless. At least Rohit can bat and turn the ball when needed.

  • on July 26, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Rohit , one of the overrated player in Indian Cricket..plays with lazy elegance!!

  • Nish_US on July 26, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Dhoni is exposed in at Lords. He wants to hide behind Rohit. Even after such an enthralling win, if he wants to go back to 6 specialist batsmen or 2 spinners, he will once again slip into the abyss - and will end up losing the series. Mark my words.

  • ThePacifist10 on July 26, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Pacers are also a lot more intense. So good stuff from the fast bowlers!

  • ThePacifist10 on July 26, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    This makes perfect sense actually. Putting Dhoni back at 7 is a good move. Rohit can bat a lot better than Ashwin and can bowl better than Moeen Ali! Ashwin is in a rut and he isn't really hard to figure out anymore. His fielding is also a problem. At least Rohit is athletic. However, if Rohit fails while batting, then there will be a problem.

  • on July 26, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    We have three more Tests to go. The trio of Bhuvi, Shami and Ishant should get a respite. Bring in an extra paceman.

  • on July 26, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    The Intent to play 5 bowlers gives a very positive sign for players and puts pressure on opponents without a ball being bowled. Playing playing jadeja at 8 and Bhuvi at 9 will be a defensive move and give more confidence for English ..forgot Dhoni is a defensive captain!! We don't want 9 Batsman..fast bowlers need some respite ..

  • Dragonboyz on July 26, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Bringing Ashwin instead of Rohit makes more sense. Having 3 seamers and 2 spinners bring more variety. Ashwin can trouble left handers and he us better batsman than rohit in foreign condition. Rohit didn't impress in south Africa and new Zealand series. Ashwin has terrible overseas record for his bowling but batted well in Australia and played well against pattinson and co.So Ashwin will be better than rohit marginally

  • on July 26, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Replace Dhawan with Gambhir, Kohli with Rohit, and either let Binny play or if there is a chance the pitch would turn, play Ashwin instead. I did love to see Ishwar Pandey/Aaron or Pankaj singh to come in place of Ishant Sharma but that is not going to happen till Ishant hangs his boots which would be after 13 yrs so no point suggesting that

  • indian1986 on July 26, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    The only reason that i can make out in Rohit's Inclusion is the way Dhoni has struggled as a batsman at No 6. We could feel that he is not assured as a batsman at 6. I would put ashwin in place of Sirji. Ashwin is more a spinner than Sirji and more assured while batting than him. Good luck india hopefully it will be typical English conditions, would love to see a contest btw bat and ball.

  • ChiragPathak on July 26, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    . Instead of Rohit I believe any bowler should come in. As jadeja is all rounder, and if Rohit come in, only 3.5 bowler will play. Which is not a winning combination.

  • Aimwand on July 25, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    I guess Dhoni is going back to his defensive, draw first-win second approach. He clearly doesn't like Binny so there is no point in selecting him. Otherwise, he would pick Ashwin and not Rohit.

  • on July 25, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    we will have to give chances to binny ,, he is good player ,,otherwise we will keep making excuses of short of all rounders in indian team for ever..

  • niazbhi on July 25, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    batting low is not easy for a good batsman. Having too many good batsmen is not good for guys like Jadeja. If india plays 6 bats + Dhoni, Jadeja plays at 8 and gets rdiculed by indian fans for all this talent. Ashwin is supposed to one of the top spinners in the world. Even if gets 4 or 5 wickets in 2 tests, he still needs to get a chance. I would probably rate both Ashwin and Jadeja as similar quality in bowling and batting. Jadeja just have more potential to be a true allrounder. Jadeja checks run rate really well and then he gets some wickets at a healthy rate and he has potential to be a genuine batsman. Jadeja needs to bat at top 6 (at least top 7). Rohit has a talent to be a Shewag, Rahane/Kohli/Pujara ve a bit of Tendulkar and a bit Dravid in them. Some of them will retire at a test average more than Sachin.

  • on July 25, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    @Dhoni, Mr.Dhoni, you include or exclude Rohit, Binny,Ashwin whatever but please send Bhuvi ahead of you :)

  • on July 25, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    dohni going with 4 boler so Defensiv captain I never see .he think only draw

  • on July 25, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    dohni going with 4 boler so Defensiv captain I never see .he think only draw

  • icommoner on July 25, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Drop dhoni and let good keeper batsman play. Dhoni played 85 tests without scoring century outside Ind & Pak, and averages 30 overseas. He was so poor that he was the worst player in last 8 years in the team as a overseas batsman.

  • on July 25, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    Back to square one.

  • perl57 on July 25, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    All that unnecessary praise for Binny was a huge waste as we have seen he is neither a capable batsman or bowler even in bowling conditions. Hopefully if he gets a chance in future he will showcase a better effort.

  • on July 25, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Total negative move by Dhoni. He seems to lost confidence on him being no 6 ,so he is trying to play defensive .Not a good move India just won a great test match ,they shd be ruthless by bringing in ashwin ,particularly with a team with so many left handers .Dhoni falling back again to his old bad habits

  • wolf777 on July 25, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Those two centuries came on flat tracks in India against toothless West Indian attack. Should be noted...

  • on July 25, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    I believe Dhoni should take a chance and promote Kohli to 1st down (his fav spot) as he is doing great work on same spot in ODI n T20.. Pujara can bat at 4. Binny must b replaced by Aaron or Ishwar. All d best...

  • on July 25, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    I feel, Dhawan should stay. Get Ashwin instead of Binny and rest looks good to me. It is just a matter of time that Dhawan clicks and he has a knack of scoring fast, so he can get quick 100 and set the tone for the match.

  • on July 25, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    Why team india will think about rohit instead of binny, bhuwi is doing the job which we were expecting from binny so better if the pitch is dry then we should go with ashwin and if the pitch is green then we should go with ishwar or pankaj. Team India should attack not to go in defencive mood.

  • princemadhu14 on July 25, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Someone Said Rohit is only a T20 player not suitable for test and one day, FYI he is the 10th batsman in the world to have highest average in first class cricket he averages around 60, first he was recognized as test player only.Keep calm and believe in Rohit he will deliver..

  • on July 25, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    The team chosen will reflect what dhoni wants. If he goes in with binny or aaron in place of binny it means he wants to take risk and win. if he goes with an extra batsman then he would not mind a draw.

  • on July 25, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    I might have still gone ahead with Rohit if this was a 3 match series, but this is a long series and India has just won one match with 3 to go, they can still lose the series, and they should not be satisfied with winning one match only. Getting in Rohit or an extra batsman would be a defensive move, considering its your bowler win you matches. India need that 5th bowler to ensure all bowlers stay fresh throughout the match as well hedge the risk of any bowler being out of form. From a batting perspective, most batsman are in good nick, Dhawan and Kohli are due for runs, Pujara is due for big runs, with Bhuvi at 8, India has a deep batting lineup. Only Dhoni needs to be consistent and take more responsibility at 6, so why do we need Rohit Sharma? Instead replace Binny with Pankaj, Aaron or Ishwar. The fact is, in England, 2 spinners will always be a luxury so Ashwin is not required till Jadeja keeps doing the job. India should go for the kill with 5 frontline bowlers!!

  • on July 25, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Rohit or Ashwin are clearly the two optiond availsble. One will beef up the batting which looked vulnetable but for a great hand by Rahane and Vijay in either innings. Not forgetting the continued success of Bhuvi in this series. Ashwin is also s safe bet but less likely to get a lot of wickets ss the main spinner. Also Dhoni is stronger at no.7 which means Rohit is a more sure selection.

  • on July 25, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    If Kumar is lending support to the batting and is amongst the runs then this makes a case to play an additional bowler like Ashwin or Aaron and not a batsmen like Sharma.

  • on July 25, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @cricket_lover1: To some extent, there are still chances that Binny might get a go in the 3rd test as Dhoni is always unpredictable. Binny undoubtedly is a great talent too. But this series, being a high profile & a lot of stakes been prevailing over the series, has to be won by India by all possible suffles.. Binny should not be sidelined from the team for ever, but as of now, he himself lost his place by playing some irresponsible cricket & yes, to some extent he is under utilized too..If India wins couple of tests which will make them winner in the series, then Binny should again be given a chance in the last test. He is capable of being a seam allrounder for a long time for India, given confidence & enough chance in both bat & ball.

  • JustIPL on July 25, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Good time for india to rotate and still win the series which will stamp their authority. They can get gambhir for dhawan, rohit for struggling kohli, ashwin for binny, any of the reserve quickies for out of rhythm shami. This is the right time for india to attack and not be defensive by just sticking to the lineup.

  • on July 25, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    @ Ankit Patni, rightly said, good analysis

  • on July 25, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    I am not sure why Rohit Sharma is even choosen in the tour. He is very overrated player. He is only good for T20. Not for One Day or Test. Always get out and then tires to argue the decision. Does not have what it takes the temperament of playing Test. Ashwin should be played as it give India 2 alrounder such as Ashwin 7 Jadeja. This will give more bowling and batting options.

  • giri201282 on July 25, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    I believe India should go with 5 bowlers as they have been doing with varun Aaron being added as the fourth seamer. In the current series I guess he is the fastest bowler on both sides. Dhoni should use him in short bursts especially now when we know the issue with short balls for english batsman.

  • cricket_lover1 on July 25, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Binny should not be dropped for next test! he should be given enough chance as a bowler to prove himself. Dhoni please have some confidence on Binny. If you drop Binny and bring in Ashwin or Rohit..then I don't know how India is going to develop a fast bowling alrounder. This is the best time to invest in Binny since the team is doing well and this is reducing a pressure on Binny to perform. let him perform and if he doesn't comes up to the expectations then drop him. BINNY SHOULD PLAY IN NEXT TEST ATLEAST!!

  • on July 25, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Dhoni normally does not have a tendency of going with the most expected things in the market. He normally tries & thinks differently.. So most probably, whatever looks certain from outside, might not come true in the final XI. Having said that, we can not rely on the pattern of the nets of Indian team. Even there are chances that he will go with the same XI again. But ideally & practically Binny has to give room for someone else to pitch in as he looks vulnerable for a test cadre.

    Ashwin, in my opinion is a must in the team as he can be the brightest weapon against all 6 left handers of England. He can very well suffice the need of an extra batsman too. Dhawan can be replaced with Gambhir (Rohit is 2nd option). Shami can give way for Aaron as he has pace & can join the bouncer party of Ishant too.

  • INDIAN_FAN_SINCE_1991 on July 25, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    The team management certainly needs to accommodate R. Ashwin in the playing XI as he is currently one of the best all-rounders in test matches irrespective of the fact that the pitch at the Ageas Bowl is going to be quick. Players like Kumble and Harbhajan were made to play outside the subcontinent to prove their credentials. The testimonies to their success include wins at Headingley, Adelaide during Ganguly's captaincy.

  • Yakovc on July 25, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Not fair at all. Stuart deserves another test. Unless the wicket favours spin. In which case he should be replaced by Ashwin

  • CricketFanIndUS on July 25, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Good luck Rohit, a wonderful player like you will succeed. Hope you get picked.

    In all 4 Indian innings this series there was a collapse in the middle and we were in danger of losing each time. We cannot expect the tail to bail out the batsmen every time. Also, with Kohli not scoring in this series yet, and Pujara not scoring as many as we expect from him, this is a very sound move. Just remember that if Rohit gets going he could score big and take the match away from the opposition. Yes he failed in two tests in SA, that does not mean he will fail again or fail in England.

  • fguy on July 25, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    good to see india still hungry. they were the only side training y'day. seems pitch will be green & have pace/bounce which is good for our bowlers. its humid too so ball will swing. it'll be really good to win toss & bowl first

    If dhoni's going to bowl binny only for 10 overs then play Ashwin, irrespective of the pitch. he's a better batsman & will give you much more than 10 overs. Don't think of him as you're playing second spinner but a batting all rounder. also he offers as much with the bat as rohit would. if pitch flattens out 3 bowlers will not be enough (jadeja is not test level bowler).

    hope we dont give a good debut to buttler like we are wont to do

  • on July 25, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    i would rather get in ashwin in place of rohit sharma...jadeja is tight but not wicket taker and with england having so many left handers in there line up ashwin could work wonders..as we saw the state of the pitch on the last 2 days ..with all the rough patches...

  • on July 25, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Good selection...1-0 up..if india scores 450 in any of the two innings at Ages Bowl then they cannot loose from there...So 7 batsmen will help...nice!!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP04 on July 25, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    If the author's theory or guess about India going with 4 bowlers is correct then MS and company must be resorting to its old habits. I hope MSD will go with 5 bowlers and it is a must in overseas tests. In place of Binny either Ashwin or another seamer can fit the bill well. I couldn't actually understand the author's logic, according to his theory "Ageas Bowl is a hard, quick pitch with good bounce, but it not overly green to afford excessive seam movement. India seem pretty happy about the surface. In a long Test series, they do not want their bowlers to have to slog for their wickets". On contrary to what author said, If the pitch doesn't have excessive seam movement, then Dhoni should go with 5 bowlers to share the work load in order to prevent the burnout of his bowlers and grab all 20 wkts. On what basis author declared that India will be happy to see a pitch with no seam movement? India relishes a pitch that has good seam movement coz they got seamers who can swing the ball.

  • on July 25, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    If Bhuvneshwar Kumar is providing runs down the order, there is lesser need for a proper sixth batsman. A fifth proper bowler and decent batsman like Ashwin should do the trick for India.

  • DevendraSudama on July 25, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    I wouldn't like to disturb a winning combination, but if Rohit is playing, he should come in for Binny. Hope that change wouldn't add pressure to the bowlers. Vijay and Rohit will be part time spinners to help out the 4 specialists bowlers. Rohit could be the perfect man in the middle order for India. Give Dhawan and Kohli time, they will perform. This next Test is very huge in the context of this series.

  • on July 25, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Ashwin should play in place of binny ...rohit is not able to play Overseas he jst can score only on indian pitches....

  • on July 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    A lot of people have been advising to play Ashwin instead of Rohit. Don't think that will be wise. No matter how brave or positive a move it seems for Dhoni to walk in at number 6 fact is Dhoni walking in at 4 down with primarily bowling all rounders and bowlers to follow makes Indian batting line up look fragile. It will give the England bowlers confidence and hope. Rohit will make the batting line up solid. Also when playing 2 spinners and 3 pacers one spinner will always end up being under bowled on a pacy bouncy pitch at the rose bowl with some grass. Also for those advising to play Ashwin instead of Jadeja, it is a better idea than playing both Jadeja and Ashwin but unfair on Jadeja after starting to perform with the bat, bowling tight, getting few crucial wickets and fielding brilliantly. So best and most probable team will be the same team as the first 2 tests with just Rohit replacing Binny.

  • on July 25, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Binny has no patience for a test cricket. he may suit for odi.I doubt rohit and not even trust we keep on Ashwin.rohit at lower order to score runs faster and also to save the match in crisis. very crucial position 6.

  • rohan8579 on July 25, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Aaranya .... please make sure you come back after this test match....as Rohit will is there to keep haters mouth shut by his bat....as always...

  • Alberteinstien on July 25, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Play Ashwin in place of Dhawan and Pankaj in place of binny.Ashwin is a better opener than Dhawan. Had Dhawan batted in no. 8 he would not even averaged even 20.Batting at no.8 is harmful to career average.Had don bradman batted at no.8 he would have scored 0,20,60,30notout,40notout instead of 0,20,60,150and 250 which was his general trend.In first case he would have averaged 150/3 =50 In 2nd case(batting at no.3) he would have averaged 480/5=96.Some people think that not out scores increases the average but actualy its opposite of that. When you get set and you are not able to complete the innings than your career average decreases.

  • on July 25, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Not sure if it's a good tactic. Bhuvi is proving to be a great bat. So include an extra bowler, preferably a quick. Simple isn't it?

  • Alberteinstien on July 25, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Ashwin is must. He didnot able to get wicket against south Africa in one test because they were all righties except smith.Against lefties Ashwin will take wicket in any given condition.Remember that he is the fastest indian to reach 100 wicket. Also he is a good batsman. He is a much better batsman than what his average indicate.Its difficult batting at no. 8 ,you didnot able to complete your innings after getting set.

  • Siva108 on July 25, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    If the pitch has a tinge of green, then I am of the opinion that Rohit would be a better bet to Ashwin. But if the pitch look dry and conducive for batsmen, then Ashin's batting ability is just about enough at number 8 and his bowling comes into picture more. I am still very much apprehensive of Indian pacers, when the track is absolutely placid. Team will need 5 bowlers in that case. I believe any teams fast bowling team should comprise of 1 absolute quicky who can hit the deck hard, 1 swing-bowler and then a seam bolwer.

  • Aaranya on July 25, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    And Rohit is certain to fail....he will not score more than 30 runs......if pitch assists seamers he will score less than 15 runs......I am talking about both innings together!

  • on July 25, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    I think Ashwin was a better option, the reason is Jadeja & Bhuvi are doing well with the bat. Ashwin @ 8 would provide some runs as he has always done even when he is not bowling well in overseas condition.

    Don't forget it took some reckless(& restless) batting by England in the fourth innings to give India the victory. We have a chance to go for 5 bowlers & put more pressure when the ball starts turning in the fourth innings.

  • Texmex on July 25, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    6 batsmen puts a lot of pressure on 4 bowlers. Bhuvi looked tired in the 2nd innings at Lords. If it is a hard fast pitch would be nice to give Pandey or Aaron a chance. Otherwise one of Bhuvi or Ishant are likely to get injured.

  • Iamns89 on July 25, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    I think that team management will prefer rohit over binny, because indian pacers(bhuvi,ishant,shami) are performing well and jadeja is disciplined in his line n length. Maybe there are chances of gambhir in playing xi over dhawan.

  • on July 25, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    Watever dhoni will do will be good for india............his midas touch has come back.........and any combination will win for India............Moreover Charging Jadeja for 50% fees will come as boon for India..........he will be firing against Anderson again..........and will knock him down when he will bowl.............so let the bowl and bat of Sir Jadeja do the talking..............

  • himsez on July 25, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Dawan must go and Gambhir Must Come In Binny Must Play he is our only All Rounder OPtion. He must be given 10 Test Matches and then kicked out for good if he fails. Aaron can be tried in place of Shami although I feel its safe to replace Ishant Sharma too because he has always been a one match per series wonder

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Two changes for India is the way to go - Rohit for Kohli and Ashwin for Binny. Dhawan should keep his place just for his slip catching. Shami might make way for Varun Aaron if the wicket looks hard.

  • jimbond on July 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Its not merely the question of being a 'tall off spinner' that is important. In English conditions you also require the ability to spin the ball substantially - something like Swann or Warne. Else, there is not much of a difference between Ashwin and Rohit Sharma(the off spinner). Even Jadeja is quite similar, the only difference is that he has good control which chokes runs, and could potentially make use of spots that get created on the pitch.

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    i think the team would be more stable with the inclusion of ashwin rather than that of rohit sharma as india lacks that sting in the bowling dept . what if one of the bowlers had a bad day then???ashwin can bowl at any stage of the game and is no mug with the bat .playing him would make much more sense than rohit sharma. for me its a straight swap ashwin in for binny

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Gambhir should come in place of dhawan, ashwin instead of binny and try varun Aaron for shami.

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Ashwin is a mediocre spinner and Dhoni at last understood that. Mohit Sharma was in fine form and would have been handful in English condition. Best 11 would be: Vijay, Gambhir,Pujara,Kohli, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Ishant, Mohit Sharma/Pankaj.

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    England team has 6 left handers and some part of teh game both Jadeja and Ashwin has to bowl in Tandem to exploit the rough and turn so take out Binny put Ashwin :: ashwin can bat as good as binny so its addressed .

    Next I'm in dilemma to induce Gambir replacing dhawan--but dhawan can take away the game on flat tracksl like ages ...so may be one more taet for dhwan is humanity.

    It all depends on what captain dhoni thinks-- he thinks on what happen s--and that happens..

  • shivs_cricket on July 25, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    nice to see rohit in that playing XI and i think dhawan deserves one more chance just look at in newzeland and in 2nd innings of lords

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will replace Dhawan as opener and Ashwin will replace Binny.

  • rohan8579 on July 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    140/7...had Bhuvi would have not stuck with Rahane we would have lost the series...1st inning was the difference at Lords...We can't ask / expect Bhuvi plays like this every time, he is in the team mainly for bowling, anything he or (ashwin), lower order scores is a bonus...(thats a conventional test match for you)...In England, where Pitch is coin things...you need 3 seams (Bhuvi, Ishant, Shami)and One spinner (jadeja / Ashwin) and one part timers (Rohit, Vijay)...Part timers to give breather to main bowlers (or to break long partnerships)...other 4 bowlers should be more than enough to take 20 wickets (condition like England except Trent Bridge as it was exception pitch)...Rohit gives solidity in the middle, he is world class batsman, world class player. Without Rohit team balance was never looked solid...This is a perfect team...He will show you in next two innings why is he required in test team...(which he has shown plenty of time already)but then again he will make his bat talk !

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Binny should be surely to be played in next test and also remaining tests to win the series , because of his medium pace proves effective in england condition already seen in bangladesh ODI his 6 wicket spell nor his batting ability seen in match saving fifty in his 1st test .I don't like to disturb winning combination much, 6 batsmans ,4 bowlers and allrounder with medium pacer is the best option in the england condtion

  • rick333 on July 25, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Tall off-spinner like Ashwin should enjoy any bounce that the pitch has to offer, is it not? Unless Dhoni wants to use Ashwin as a secret weapon by not exposing him on less spin friendly conditions and planning on unleashing him on the last 2 matches which may assist spin. Can someone let know if the next venues are spin-friendly or where spinners have a better track record?

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    gambhir is back dhawan out

  • Bruisers on July 25, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    I understand the reasoning of the team management behind this decision. In the second Test, India were at one stage 145/7 in the 1st innings and 235/7 in the 2nd innings. You can't expect the likes of Kumar and Jadeja to rescue the team every time with the bat. Especially with Kohli and Dhoni not scoring many runs, the addition of a specialist batsman is not a bad move. Many people here are suggesting Ashwin as the ideal replacement. Ashwin might not be effective on a typical English grassy wicket such as Southampton. The playing XI should be picked based on the pitch and conditions, and that is what the Indians seem to be doing. Should be a good Test match.

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    no chancge for team india

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    so no Gambhir yet oh that's bad too . But good to give Dhawan little more chance too . I think India should try to replace jadeja and bring Aswin as Jadeja has not done too much with ball so far and Ashwin can also bat . Rohit inclusion is expected . Good to see Pankaj in place of Shami . Just give Shami a break .

  • on July 25, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    Gambhir should play...apart from that no changes required.we can go ahead with same team.

  • siddhartha87 on July 25, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I think India should persist with Shami.

  • InnocentGuy on July 25, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Why oh why? Why immediately go defensive with a typical team? Why not go for the extra pacer? The lower order has shown up with the bat that you don't need an extra batsmen but an extra bowler would be so useful!

  • Gupta.Ankur on July 25, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    India will still be playing 5 batsmen though.....

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    I would any day want India go with 5 bowlers. With the lead in the series and also the 5 bowler strategy working good, we can go by that. If we play with 5 bowlers effectively 2 spinners and 3 seamers there will be good rest for the quickies so that they could used with short bursts. Jaddu and Ash may not run through the batting order but certainly can hold one end and seamers can be employed at the other end. With the pitch certainly detoriate in the 2nd innings and with amount of lefties for England, it makes sense to play Ashwin. Hope Dhoni thinks this way and play with 5 bowlers rather than going back to high defensive strategy of 4 bowlers which could certainly backfire like we saw in NZ and SAF.

  • MiddleStump on July 25, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Simply brilliant strategy. Drop Binny who has yet to take a test wicket. Replace him with Rohit Sharma who is also yet to take a test wicket! Make Murali Vijay the leading spinner since he has taken his first wicket at Lord's. Keep Ashwin well rested since he is worn out after taking 100 wickets in 19 tests. Who else but the Indian selectors can come up with such moves?

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Ashwin will get no wkts neither his or any other indian spinner record is impressive in the this series. Rohit same like ashwin is poor overseas tourer so that left alone fast bowlers if need all rounder binny need bowler pankaj or Aaron pankaj is a workhorse for rajasthan and get plenty of wkts but lack pace. Aaron has pace but lacks good lengths but with pace he can bowl bouncers which may trouble en or may not as his length and direction I don't trust but remember guys these bowlers won't work in aus u need bowlers like ishant, yadav & Aaron as aus & sa condition. Aus & sa conditions are bouncing eng conditions are more of seaming

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    This is a good move, as it is India's batting that needs more support. Although India did get sufficient runs on the board in all the innings - the runs came from unexpected sources - Bhuvi, Binny, Jadeja, Shami. Most of the main batsmen have under performed. On the other hand the main bowlers have all done reasonably well - they didn't need any help from part timers to get 20 wickets in Lords. Seeing that, I would say its better to include a specialist batsman and not hope that non-specialists would bail the team out every time. To be sure, Sharma's overseas test record is nothing to write home about. But then, the same is true of Ashwin.

  • ravimenon on July 25, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    Those who support Ashwin, should know his overseas performance. He played 4 tests - 3 in Australia & 1 in South Africa. He took 9 wickets @ 75 runs per wicket and his strike rate is 140 balls per wicket ( 24 overs). He played 3 test in Australia where you get more support from pitch than England. Jadeja's performance is also in the same pattern. Both of them are favorites to Dhoni and in team. India's best left arm spinner at present is Pragyan and he is not in side. So I prefer India play one more batsman. It can be either Gambhir or Rohit.

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Gambhir to replace Dhawan and Ashwin for Binny should do the trick for India.

  • Siddee on July 25, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    If Playing XI need changes I would say 2 changes. Rohit for Binny , Ashwin for Jadeja. in the way team will have proper Batsman and Bowler. Both Batting and Bowling is strengthened .

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    I dont like to disturb winning combination much, just 1 change that is rohit in for binny will be enough.

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    This is kind of ridiculous. You can't expect Bhuvi, Ishant and Shami, along with Jaddu to bowl well time and time again. There will be a game where they will be ineffective. To have an extra cushion in Ashwin as a bowler is better. I do like Rohit as a batsman and if he has to come in, he would have to come in for a batsman and not for the all-rounder's spot. The pitch in lords was green on day 1 & even there, by the end of day 4, ball started spinning. If that is going to be the case with a green pitch, surely other pitches will start to assist spin on the day 4 & 5. If Dhoni is not confident of Ashwin's bowling in pitches not supporting spin, then Ashwin can just play as a batsman for the first three days. But there will be turn in all grounds in England in day 4 & 5. Ashwin can be used on those two days with Jadeja. Ashwin and Jadeja are infinitely more effective together, than individually.

  • Siddee on July 25, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Dhoni always wants a uncertain player in the playing XI. Beginning of the series, it was Ishant. Now Ishant performed well... So Dhoni looking for his consistent uncertain player Rohit. !!!!

    Ashwin In for Binny would be decent move.. or No change in winning team is another decent move.

  • palla.avinash on July 25, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    "Ageas Bowl is a hard, quick pitch with good bounce", then i wold go with ashwin the reason,ashwin is a good bowler when he bounce and 6 left handers in opposition batting line up.He bat pretty well and responsible and where as rohit gets only runs on flat tracks and against westindies and lazy enough through his wickets when it is important.I hope india play ashwin instead of rohit for god sake some one can convince ashwin is better than rohit in any manner.

  • JustIPL on July 25, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Good time for india to rotate and still win the series which will stamp their authority. They can get gambhir for dhawan, rohit for struggling kohli, ashwin for binny, any of the reserve quickies for out of rhythm shami. This is the right time for india to attack and not be defensive by just sticking to the lineup.

  • y4yoga on July 25, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    I am afraid Shami would have any effect in this series Unless he learn to swing the ball from either jimmy or bhuvi, not only in the series any Tests away from home.

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    The way Dhawan is getting out early, Pujara is practically opening the innngs, elevate him to the opener's slot with Murli. no. 3 sholud be virat,4 rohit, 5 rahane, 6 msd, 7 ashwin, 8 jadeja, 9 bhuvanesh, 10, ishant, 11 aaron

  • Speng on July 25, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    @gundapps I agree that Shami has been disappointing - he looked good against the Aussies last year bowling beside Kumar - and I was looking forward to big things from him.

  • Speng on July 25, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    If Rohit (or any other batsman) comes in it should be to replace not to add. India have enough batting for England especially if Dhawan or Kohli start contributing. Either another proper quick or Ashwin to replace Binny. Ravi should get good results on that bouncy track. India should be looking to give England the dagger and not play it conservatively.

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Rest one of the seamers please rotate them .Play rohit sharma/ashwin depending on the pitch .Ashwin would add 5 th bowler though.

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Rest one of the seamers please rotate them .Play rohit sharma/ashwin depending on the pitch .Ashwin would add 5 th bowler though.

  • vasanth6868 on July 25, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Ashwin replacing Binny seems to be the straightforward decision. If Rohit has to play , he has to play in place of Dhawan , which may not happen. With Jadeja and Bhuvaneshwar getting runs down the order, what is the need to accomodate an extra batsman? If india play 6 batsmen plus Dhoni , its a very negative tactic , especially after winning the previous test with only 5 specialist batsmen.

  • jingopack on July 25, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    yeah strange logic indeed....because bhuvi has provided some runs and stability down the order...so it is the bowling which has to be strengthened

  • on July 25, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    This move might make Batsmen more complacent and Bring laziness into the team. As jadeja and Bhuvi are contributing with the Bat they can play Ashwin easily considering his Batting record. Very defensive move this .

  • Night.angel on July 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    People who are harping about Ashwin need to understand one thing. Ashwin is not going to get any wickets in SWINGING conditions. Ashwin is an attacking spinner, and on this surface in Eng, he will leak runs.

    When was the last time spinners performed well in Eng??? Perhaps, Ajmal could. He is a magician. But not Ashwin. Ashwin needs tailored made condition just like Philander need grass and clouds to perform. Both are invisible when they get the right pitch and conditions.

    People need to look @jadeja. How many wickets did he took in last two tests. 2 or 3? It was fast bowlers who won the game for India.

    If India needs a bowler. It should be a fast bowler not a spinner.I would happily take Rohit on side than Ashwin. But my heart goes for Pankaj Singh.

    Vijay can doll out some descent spin and even Rohit could too. So it is always good to see a better batsman than a spinner who won't get u any wickets.

  • ProdigyA on July 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    (cont.) A reasonable step would have been to select Ashwin who is 60% bowler and 40% batsman instead of picking Rohit who is a 90% batsman and 10% bolwer.

    An aggressive step would have been to select Pankaj Sharma and go for the kill to take 20 wickets and try to win the Test but this would make the batting weak and put a lot of pressure on the top order.

  • ProdigyA on July 25, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Dhoni at his defensive best again. Now that India has won a Test, Dhoni wants to make sure that the rest of the Tests end in a draw so that we can claim to win the series, which is a very negative approach and also boring for the spectators.

    The 3 pace bowlers have already bowled their heart out in the first two Tests and it would be unfair to ask them to take the heavy burden again. (cont)

  • Balladeer on July 25, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    As a Brit, good. Binny may have been mediocre, but unless Mr. Sharma severely ups his overseas game (or we get another Trent Bridge), I quite fancy having an easy addition in the squad to knock over. Especially if Kohli suddenly finds some form...

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    dnt go by his test average...rohit sharma scored 288 runs in his first two innings of test career against west indies at an average of 288...weak attack....after dat 8 innings 165 runs at an average of 20 against s. africa and newzealand on foreign soil...its self explanatory i guess....

  • Yousufahmed1 on July 25, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Even if a bowler takes 1 or 2 important wickets then he has done his job coz not everyone will be taking 5 wickets, everybody should chip in.

  • escape4646 on July 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    rest shami for a match or two and play pankaj singh....he has bowled a lot in domestic cricket...now he has been picked in the team after a long wait so atleast give him a place in XI to justify himself

  • crazycricfan007 on July 25, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    If it is green top it makes sense to include Rohit as it will provide cushion to struggling middle order. But if it is flat or slow wicket they should pick Ashwin in place of Binny to allow fresh spells from seamers.Virat, Pujara and Dhoni needs to step up their game. It is best chance for them to go for kill.

    green top/overcast: SD,MV,CP,VK,RS,AR,MD,VK,RJ,MS,IS flat/slow: SD,MV,CP,VK,AR,MD,VK,RA,RJ,MS,IS

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Please go with bowlers ... may be fast or spinner .Test matches we need 20 wickets . Looks like green pitches . Rahane , dhoni ,aswhin jadeja and bhuvi.

    I think he will contribute in Aus series . Bhuvi may be not efficient compare to eng pitches . For Aus series , we need blowesr like yadav,aaron and Inshat

  • desiboy454 on July 25, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    I dont seem to like this idea, I was hoping for Ashwin instead of Binny. Since this is the 3rd test and india seem like playing the same 3 seamers, I would prefer to have ashwin bowl with some varity to this inexperience batting line up and provide them headaches. Sennanayke was the best bowler in the ODI series. I also think Shami should be rest and either aaron or singh come in his place. Shami looks out of sorts. Also, Dhawan needs to be rested and GG a go, I am sure GG wont do worse than Dhawan. My india XI: 1. GG 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rahane 6. MSd 7. Ashwin 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Ishant 11. Aaron/Singh... I think Dhoni can use aaron as the pace bouncer against england. Instill fear of Australia in England. Idk why India are going defensive, when they should really go for the kill on england!!

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    It will be good if Rohit plays next Test for India

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    DEFENSIVE !! Team needs 20 wickets to win the match, reducing a bowling option might lessen the effect of other bowlers as well. Rohit in, would give strength to indian batting so that we guard ourselves from loosing the test. Ashwin should not be a concern in overseas tests.

  • devil_in_details on July 25, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Strange logic- if not tiring bowlers is the criteria, then why is Rohit being thought about instead of Ashwin or one of the fast bowlers? Or is Dhoni confident that Vijay/ Rohit will be able to bowl regular 5 over spells?

  • gundapps on July 25, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    It would be a very defensive move to go back tho the 6 batters / 4 bowlers combo. It is necessary for India to attack now and pick Ashwin, as all rounder in place of Binny and Pankaj Singh for Shami.

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Why not Gambhir in the place of Dhawan......

  • SagarV45 on July 25, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    It will be good if Rohit plays 3rd Test. India had enough scares in all 4 innings in this series before and had lower order been crumbled in one of those innings India could have lost the match. Plus considering Kohlis form its better to add the cushion of an extra batsman. Rohit could bowl healthy off-spin as well which Dhoni missed badly in last test. Also leading 1-0 in the series, its time to apply football like strategy...play safe...make your batting line up strong...you cannot loose a match until your 20 wickets fall

  • jimmyvida on July 25, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Rohit has to learn to leave balls that should be left and play as late as possible. He plays too far in front. The swinging ball will be a problem for him. We'll see, won't we. On the other hand, Ashwin is a very good batsman. His problem is that he tries to hit everything. By the way, can India water certain parts of the pitch when England goes in to bat, just to keep the grass green. England wants the grass green, don't they.

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Why not ashwin?

    given a choice. i would like to go with 2 spinners and 3 pacwrs with ashwin, jadeja and bhuvaneshwar kumar providing the thrust in the late middle order.

  • cesar12345 on July 25, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    great news guys love to watch rohit in the next test

    hopefully he will be given a chance and he will make use of it

  • on July 25, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    SINCE WE ARE 1 - 0 UP , I Guess we play for draw in all games in the series , no wonder we go with 6 batesman + dhoni, i thought as bhuvenswar kumar contributing with bat , we go with ashwin instead of binny, but if india go with rohit, then we were playing for a draw for sure

  • on July 25, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    need for Gauti in the middle order to face new ball from 81st over..!!!!

  • DingDong420 on July 25, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    I would have thought Ashwin for Binny would have been a better bet.

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  • DingDong420 on July 25, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    I would have thought Ashwin for Binny would have been a better bet.

  • on July 25, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    need for Gauti in the middle order to face new ball from 81st over..!!!!

  • on July 25, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    SINCE WE ARE 1 - 0 UP , I Guess we play for draw in all games in the series , no wonder we go with 6 batesman + dhoni, i thought as bhuvenswar kumar contributing with bat , we go with ashwin instead of binny, but if india go with rohit, then we were playing for a draw for sure

  • cesar12345 on July 25, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    great news guys love to watch rohit in the next test

    hopefully he will be given a chance and he will make use of it

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Why not ashwin?

    given a choice. i would like to go with 2 spinners and 3 pacwrs with ashwin, jadeja and bhuvaneshwar kumar providing the thrust in the late middle order.

  • jimmyvida on July 25, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Rohit has to learn to leave balls that should be left and play as late as possible. He plays too far in front. The swinging ball will be a problem for him. We'll see, won't we. On the other hand, Ashwin is a very good batsman. His problem is that he tries to hit everything. By the way, can India water certain parts of the pitch when England goes in to bat, just to keep the grass green. England wants the grass green, don't they.

  • SagarV45 on July 25, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    It will be good if Rohit plays 3rd Test. India had enough scares in all 4 innings in this series before and had lower order been crumbled in one of those innings India could have lost the match. Plus considering Kohlis form its better to add the cushion of an extra batsman. Rohit could bowl healthy off-spin as well which Dhoni missed badly in last test. Also leading 1-0 in the series, its time to apply football like strategy...play safe...make your batting line up strong...you cannot loose a match until your 20 wickets fall

  • on July 25, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Why not Gambhir in the place of Dhawan......

  • gundapps on July 25, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    It would be a very defensive move to go back tho the 6 batters / 4 bowlers combo. It is necessary for India to attack now and pick Ashwin, as all rounder in place of Binny and Pankaj Singh for Shami.

  • devil_in_details on July 25, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Strange logic- if not tiring bowlers is the criteria, then why is Rohit being thought about instead of Ashwin or one of the fast bowlers? Or is Dhoni confident that Vijay/ Rohit will be able to bowl regular 5 over spells?