England v India, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford August 5, 2014

Ashwin possibly in, Dhawan possibly out for Manchester

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If the signs from India's net sessions are anything to go by, R Ashwin seems set to play his first Test of 2014. It is not clear if he will take the place of Rohit Sharma or Ravindra Jadeja if he does so. During their loss in Southampton, India rarely used Jadeja as a wicket-taking bowler, but equally Rohit disappointed with his shot-selection in the first innings, stepping out and hitting Moeen Ali straight to mid-off five minutes before tea. Rohit seems to be the likelier one to go out, with India returning to their five-batsmen formula of the first two Tests.

India's other worry that was accentuated in Southampton was their slip-catching. Jadeja dropped Alastair Cook on 15 in the first innings, and watched him return to form. Shikhar Dhawan dropped one catch in the second innings, a catch that MS Dhoni should have gone for. Dhoni later said that slip-catching was an issue, but added that Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Jadeja were the best three he had as a cordon.

However, there were enough signs in the nets two days ahead of the Old Trafford Test to suggest that that cordon will need a rejig. Dhawan is now an unlikely starter after six failures with the bat, and when India did their slips practice, M Vijay had moved in at first slip. Dhawan did not bat as much as he has been doing, and Gautam Gambhir can be hopeful of a Test return after having last played in late 2012.

It is not a given, though. Gambhir got a hit just after Vijay, but struggled a bit, and spent most of the remaining session sat on a cooler box. There is a line of thought that Cheteshwar Pujara could be asked to open with the other batsmen moving up one spot. In that scenario, Rohit could be retained, with Ashwin replacing Dhawan in the XI.

There might be confusion around the openers and No. 6, but there was also good news for India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose swollen ankle had been a cause for concern, bowled for about 50 minutes in the nets without any visible discomfort. If he can manage similar fitness on Wednesday, he should be certain to share the new ball with Mohammed Shami on Thursday.

Pankaj Singh, who was unlucky in going wicketless on Test debut in Southampton, is not likely to witness a turnaround in his luck. Jharkhand quick Varun Aaron looks likely to replace Pankaj, with the latter doing hardly any bowling at the nets.

There has been another interesting trend in the India nets since they have arrived in Manchester. Their batsmen, mainly Pujara and Virat Kohli, have been going through stints in nets where they sweep, sweep and then sweep some more. That India lost six second-innings wickets to Moeen in Southampton is a big source of frustration for them. Dhoni said he does not want his batsmen to let Moeen settle into a rhythm. India were aggressive against the offspinner, but lost Rohit in the process in the first innings.

India batsmen are not natural sweepers of the ball. They like to use their feet to get to the pitch of the ball. Before this Test, though, the sweep, with the batsmen consciously getting outside the line of off and with the bat coming down from quite high, seems to be an addition the coaches want them to make.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY M.Srini on | August 6, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I think Ashwin should be selected not only for his bowling but also for his excellent batting average outside the sub continent and also as a slip catcher. India looked really good when they went with 5 bowlers. It raised the expectations of the viewers and also gave a sense of assurance that they can pick 20 wickets in a test match.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | August 6, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    It's certain that Gauthi and Ashwin gonna play tomorrow. Manchester pitch will assist spinners at 4th and 5th day so Ashwin could be the main guy and the luck should favor us as we have to bat 1st and score some runs so that we can attack them at 4th or 5th day. Hope Gauthi wouldn't miss his chance as we need this kind of player at the top, we all was thinking that Vijay to be dropped but things have changed lot and Kohli & Pujara has to score atleast 50 in this game or else they will lose the self confident but hope they can overcome this problem. My XI:: Gauthi, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahena, Dhoni, Jaddu, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shammi and Pankaj/Varun. This line up has 9 batsmen and we can rock this test.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @ravimennon: I am one of the strong supporters of Ashwin not because of his overseas record but because of LOGIC! When England has 5 or 6 LH batsmen, the best way to counter it is via a RH off spinner. Cook, Balance, Robson at the top will find Ashwin not easy to handle. These 3 have scored heavily because Dhoni ignored Ashwin for the first 3 Tests. Jadeja is an economical spinner who can keep the scoring rate down as a foil to 3 fast bowlers at the other end. So comparing him to Moen is not valid. Don't forget Moen was expensive in the first 2 Tests! England has at least 4 specialist fast bowlers in all 3 Tests+ Moen as the spinner= 5 bowlers. India had just 3 pace bowlers + a run stopping spinner= 3.5 Bowlers. Dhoni's best chance is to use N.Ojha as a WK/batsman opener or @#5. Aaron in pace with Kumar & Shami/Pankaj or Pandey + Ashwin & Jadeja as the spinners give India the best choice of bowlers- a combo of Hostility, Spin & Economy. Ojha will be the X-Factor! Hope Dhoni "GETS IT"!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | August 6, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    We have discussed all combinations of the indian team for the forthcoming test but regret to say that any of them is not capable to win a test unless there is Lord's like surprise. The reason being too much expectations from players who have only limited overs credentials to their name. The indian team looks totally out of sorts with Bhuvi one of the leading run scorer and a part time spinner breaking their back. Indian batsmen faltered against Moeen in the first test even when Binny came to rescue india from a first test loss. It shows that fab4 era has well and truly gone and replacements have not been found. Thisa time pace was gradually increased test by test but still indian team could not survive. Certainly, a five test series involving india is too much for the fans to watch.

  • POSTED BY B.R.K.R on | August 6, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    vijay, gambhir, pujara, kohli, rahane, rohit, dhoni, ashwin, bhuvi, aaron, pankaj

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | August 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    @spinkingKK... are you seriously considering dropping pujara and keeping Rohit? And Binny as a 4th seamer? your squad will lose with ease.

    1. GG 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rahane 6. MSD 7. Ashwin 8. Jadeja/Seamer depending on conditions 9. Bhuvi 10. Aaron 11. Singh

    Conditions should decide 2 spinners 3 seamers vs 1 spinner 4 seamers

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    @ Sriman N Emany Drop Dhawan, Rohit, Shami and Pankaj for Naman Ojha, Ashwin, Aaron and Ishwar Pandey.. Rahane is a natural opener !! 1. Vijay 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Ojha 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneswar 10. Aaron 11. Ishwar We can expect runs till No 9 and Dhoni can also be handful with the ball in English conditions with Ojha taking the gloves !! i second it

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Pujara at No.1/2 is definitely worth a try. I would replace Rohit and bring in Naman and Ashwin coming in place of Dhawan. Naman can keep and MSD can try his luck with the ball, wud be interesting to see how he fairs in English conditions. I would rather like to gamble with Ashwin opening the batting with Vijay. Wonder MSD would take that chance!!! Aaron should be brought in place of Shami (he has lost it completely, unless he turns it around this time and make me eat my words, wouldn't complain though). Pankaj Singh should be given another chance here, if he does not do well then anyways Ishant will replace him in the last test. He was damn unlucky and could have easily made a wonderful debue had luck gone his way. Definitely deserves another chance specially considering the ineffectiveness of Shami.

    India needs to show the desperation to hang in there till the last moment even if results don't go there way. We want to see the fight not the meek surrender witnessed a few days ago

  • POSTED BY Presynaras on | August 6, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    @wolf777- The pitches for the previous two matches weren't supposed to assist spin either, but it made a part timer like Ali look sensational. India is never good at managing four seamers or 3 spinners. So better go with 3 seamers and 2 spinners. With Ishant out, Bhuvi not 100% fit, Shami out of form, all they have is Pankaj and Aaron who are one test match old and Ishwar who is yet to make a debut. So we need additional bowling resources. Our batting lineup is still inexperienced and its not like Ashwin is replacing a Laxman or a Ganguly who have big hundreds to their names. Ashwin, as a batsman too is very capable and has even got a better temperament than a Rohit or a Dhawan. Even if the two spinners won't be effective in the first innings, they will definitely play a big part in the last two days. Hence the two spinners strategy.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 6, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Dhoni needs a right XI to counter England in the 4th Test. From the 3rd Test, one obvious change is to replace Rohit Sharma with a Bowler. Automatic choice is Ashwin. Naman Ojha is coming from a fantastic batting form in Australia & should be IN as an opener in place of Dhawan. Lastly Aaron can come in place of Pankaj or Shami. I am assuming that Kumar will be fit to play. This will give India 2 spinners- one a wkt. taker in Ashwin whilst Jadeja keeps the runs down. In pace Aaron provides the hostility in short bursts whilst Kumar & Shami should take care of the top order with the new ball. This way there are at least 3 wkt. takers in Ashwin, Kumar & Aaron + Shami if he regains his form!. In batting Pujara & Kohli need to score big with discipline & patience by keeping both the ends sealed tight. Vijay needs to continue his scoring form along with Rahane. Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin & Kumar can all bat. Ojha & Vijay need to give India a great start + Slips MUST take catches - Key to winning

  • POSTED BY M.Srini on | August 6, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I think Ashwin should be selected not only for his bowling but also for his excellent batting average outside the sub continent and also as a slip catcher. India looked really good when they went with 5 bowlers. It raised the expectations of the viewers and also gave a sense of assurance that they can pick 20 wickets in a test match.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | August 6, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    It's certain that Gauthi and Ashwin gonna play tomorrow. Manchester pitch will assist spinners at 4th and 5th day so Ashwin could be the main guy and the luck should favor us as we have to bat 1st and score some runs so that we can attack them at 4th or 5th day. Hope Gauthi wouldn't miss his chance as we need this kind of player at the top, we all was thinking that Vijay to be dropped but things have changed lot and Kohli & Pujara has to score atleast 50 in this game or else they will lose the self confident but hope they can overcome this problem. My XI:: Gauthi, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahena, Dhoni, Jaddu, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shammi and Pankaj/Varun. This line up has 9 batsmen and we can rock this test.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 6, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @ravimennon: I am one of the strong supporters of Ashwin not because of his overseas record but because of LOGIC! When England has 5 or 6 LH batsmen, the best way to counter it is via a RH off spinner. Cook, Balance, Robson at the top will find Ashwin not easy to handle. These 3 have scored heavily because Dhoni ignored Ashwin for the first 3 Tests. Jadeja is an economical spinner who can keep the scoring rate down as a foil to 3 fast bowlers at the other end. So comparing him to Moen is not valid. Don't forget Moen was expensive in the first 2 Tests! England has at least 4 specialist fast bowlers in all 3 Tests+ Moen as the spinner= 5 bowlers. India had just 3 pace bowlers + a run stopping spinner= 3.5 Bowlers. Dhoni's best chance is to use N.Ojha as a WK/batsman opener or @#5. Aaron in pace with Kumar & Shami/Pankaj or Pandey + Ashwin & Jadeja as the spinners give India the best choice of bowlers- a combo of Hostility, Spin & Economy. Ojha will be the X-Factor! Hope Dhoni "GETS IT"!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | August 6, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    We have discussed all combinations of the indian team for the forthcoming test but regret to say that any of them is not capable to win a test unless there is Lord's like surprise. The reason being too much expectations from players who have only limited overs credentials to their name. The indian team looks totally out of sorts with Bhuvi one of the leading run scorer and a part time spinner breaking their back. Indian batsmen faltered against Moeen in the first test even when Binny came to rescue india from a first test loss. It shows that fab4 era has well and truly gone and replacements have not been found. Thisa time pace was gradually increased test by test but still indian team could not survive. Certainly, a five test series involving india is too much for the fans to watch.

  • POSTED BY B.R.K.R on | August 6, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    vijay, gambhir, pujara, kohli, rahane, rohit, dhoni, ashwin, bhuvi, aaron, pankaj

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | August 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    @spinkingKK... are you seriously considering dropping pujara and keeping Rohit? And Binny as a 4th seamer? your squad will lose with ease.

    1. GG 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rahane 6. MSD 7. Ashwin 8. Jadeja/Seamer depending on conditions 9. Bhuvi 10. Aaron 11. Singh

    Conditions should decide 2 spinners 3 seamers vs 1 spinner 4 seamers

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    @ Sriman N Emany Drop Dhawan, Rohit, Shami and Pankaj for Naman Ojha, Ashwin, Aaron and Ishwar Pandey.. Rahane is a natural opener !! 1. Vijay 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Ojha 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneswar 10. Aaron 11. Ishwar We can expect runs till No 9 and Dhoni can also be handful with the ball in English conditions with Ojha taking the gloves !! i second it

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Pujara at No.1/2 is definitely worth a try. I would replace Rohit and bring in Naman and Ashwin coming in place of Dhawan. Naman can keep and MSD can try his luck with the ball, wud be interesting to see how he fairs in English conditions. I would rather like to gamble with Ashwin opening the batting with Vijay. Wonder MSD would take that chance!!! Aaron should be brought in place of Shami (he has lost it completely, unless he turns it around this time and make me eat my words, wouldn't complain though). Pankaj Singh should be given another chance here, if he does not do well then anyways Ishant will replace him in the last test. He was damn unlucky and could have easily made a wonderful debue had luck gone his way. Definitely deserves another chance specially considering the ineffectiveness of Shami.

    India needs to show the desperation to hang in there till the last moment even if results don't go there way. We want to see the fight not the meek surrender witnessed a few days ago

  • POSTED BY Presynaras on | August 6, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    @wolf777- The pitches for the previous two matches weren't supposed to assist spin either, but it made a part timer like Ali look sensational. India is never good at managing four seamers or 3 spinners. So better go with 3 seamers and 2 spinners. With Ishant out, Bhuvi not 100% fit, Shami out of form, all they have is Pankaj and Aaron who are one test match old and Ishwar who is yet to make a debut. So we need additional bowling resources. Our batting lineup is still inexperienced and its not like Ashwin is replacing a Laxman or a Ganguly who have big hundreds to their names. Ashwin, as a batsman too is very capable and has even got a better temperament than a Rohit or a Dhawan. Even if the two spinners won't be effective in the first innings, they will definitely play a big part in the last two days. Hence the two spinners strategy.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 6, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Dhoni needs a right XI to counter England in the 4th Test. From the 3rd Test, one obvious change is to replace Rohit Sharma with a Bowler. Automatic choice is Ashwin. Naman Ojha is coming from a fantastic batting form in Australia & should be IN as an opener in place of Dhawan. Lastly Aaron can come in place of Pankaj or Shami. I am assuming that Kumar will be fit to play. This will give India 2 spinners- one a wkt. taker in Ashwin whilst Jadeja keeps the runs down. In pace Aaron provides the hostility in short bursts whilst Kumar & Shami should take care of the top order with the new ball. This way there are at least 3 wkt. takers in Ashwin, Kumar & Aaron + Shami if he regains his form!. In batting Pujara & Kohli need to score big with discipline & patience by keeping both the ends sealed tight. Vijay needs to continue his scoring form along with Rahane. Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin & Kumar can all bat. Ojha & Vijay need to give India a great start + Slips MUST take catches - Key to winning

  • POSTED BY Cricketsasportnotproduct on | August 6, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Get Ashwin instead of Dhawan who is well out of form. Rahane should open. He has technique and temprament to bat at the top. Problem with Indian batting line up is that Dhawan is exposing Pujara and Kohli to new ball. Once the ball is older, its easier to play against.

    At the same time, Ashwin ,might be able to help seamers as work load is increasing and hence injuries are also happening.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | August 6, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    The best 11 for the 4th test is: Gambhir, Vijay, Kohli, Rehane, Rohit/Ojha, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Binny, Pankaj, Aaron. I can't believe they are going to drop Pankaj who looked so impressive with his pace and control. Shami is the one who should sit out. Unless you want to use him as a batsman(lol). I don't foresee any big scores from Pujara unless the pitch is going to be a Nagpur look-alike. That is the reason why I have omitted him from the 11. Rohit's game should suit England and Australian conditions. So, he should be given at least one more chance to find out if he got the mental toughness. I don't like the way Vijay playing. But, he is making runs and therefore should be retained. The other opener should ideally be Dhawan to make up for the turtle pace at which Vijay scores. However, he is failing. So, Gambhir should get a chance. Binny should get more bowling in English conditions.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 6, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    When you open Cricinfo page, there is photo with the caption 'Teams brace for pacy Old Trafford pitch'....I don't understand why Ashwin is being considered as a second spinner. Two spinners on a 'Pacy' pitch ??? Can someone please explain me what's going on....

  • POSTED BY ishaan1997 on | August 6, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    @amzadr My friend, the fact is, rahane will learn from his mistake and rectify it, but rohit might still commit the mistake. Just compare the stats of both of them, especially overseas!

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | August 6, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @arun_bose: Please don't misquote me. I made no claims about possible series results. I felt before the 1st Test that England had a slight advantage, but also that this was a series between 2 inexperienced sides, both of whom had much to prove and therefore, the series result was too close to call. During the series, both sides have played some good cricket & both have played some woeful cricket. In short, they have both been inconsistent. As things stand now, I still favour an England series win, but I would not be shocked if India pulled it off.

    "India's still winning this series.. That's the bottomline!" No mate, being pedantic, that's factually incorrect as it's currently 1-1! You think India will win the series; that is your opinion, which may (or may not) turn into a fact

    BTW: If margins don't matter, why bother predicting them in the 1st place?

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    The Best Team !!! For 2morrow... Gambir,Vijay,Pujara,Kholi,Rohit,Rahane,Dhoni,Jadeja,Aaron,Bhuvi,IswarPandey... All the best Team India... to lead the series...

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    i think gambhir and ashwin to play in place of dhawan and rohit and ishant in place of pankaj

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    My india 11 1.Gambhir- He has to come back.He is hungry and world class. 2.Vijay-Tremendous form. 3.Pujara- Shown glimpses can be tested. 4.Kohli- Miserably failed in this series but still he needs to be there. 5.Rahane- best batsmen in the series . 6.Dhoni- I dont have a choice since he is captain. 7.R jadeja- well lets play him he wasnot bad with both bat and ball. 8.R ashwin- he plays well and required spin option of india. 9, B kumar 10.M shami 11. I pandey is my choice.

  • POSTED BY Prakash_E on | August 6, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    People should understand that India cant play MSD as No.6. MSD himself didnt have that much confidence in him. We should play our best 4 bowlers so that we can expect them to take 20 wickets. But with all those defensive strategies & leg stump lines even world's best bowlers would struggle to take wickets. Whoever plays, With defensive strategy like Jadeja's leg stump line, India cant win.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    England cannot take next 2 tests lightly, in fact best effort will be needed from england to draw or win the series from here onwards. It is too early to claim england players have regained their form and the team has found the winning ways, only time will tell the truth & reality, so overconfidence can ruin the chances of england. In the last test there were easy catches dropped (of Cook etc), some umpiring mistakes (Bell appeared to be LBW but given not out etc) so these factors had helped england to amass huge first innings total but this time they have to earn those runs because luck cannot keep on helping all the times. Put your best effort England, Good lucks!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 6, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    @ravimenon, I think the fear is that with 4 man attack if one of the key bowlers breaks down you don't have much to turn to, unless you have a 5 man attack consisting of 3 'all rounders, Ashwin, Jadeja and Kumar.

    I think the main concern is Kumar, if he is carrying an injury playing him will only make it worse and it could rule him out of a large part of the game, remember what happened at lord in 2011 when Zaheer pulled up with his hamstring after a half dozen or so overs?

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Drop Dhawan, Rohit, Shami and Pankaj for Naman Ojha, Ashwin, Aaron and Ishwar Pandey.. Rahane is a natural opener !! 1. Vijay 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Ojha 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneswar 10. Aaron 11. Ishwar We can expect runs till No 9 and Dhoni can also be handful with the ball in English conditions with Ojha taking the gloves !!

  • POSTED BY amzadr on | August 6, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Guys everyone says Rohit played a rash shot and got out but even Rahane who was set played a mistimed pull shot and lost his wicket...Top batsman Kohli and Pujara have also failed in the 3 test matches..no one talks about them...Indian XI for tomorrows match Vijay Pujara Rahane Kohli Rohit Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Shammi Bhuwi and Aaron

  • POSTED BY ravimenon on | August 6, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    I don't understand why all are crying for Ashwin. By including Ashwn, our liability will be added. Those who support Ashwin, should see overseas records in all forms of cricket. He can replace Jadeja, which does not make any difference. Moieen bowled better than Jadeja so jar, even Roots bowled better than him. By including Ashwin as fifth bowler, pace bowlers are going to be underused. It can be Kumar, Shami or Pankaj. If we removing Rohit, India will be doing injustice to him. Since both Pujara & kohli are out of form India require an extra batsman and not bowler. All great teams in the past were playing with four main bowlers only. By including fifth bowler, India will get weakened in both parts.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @Brusselslions- Destiny is India's going to win this series and I always predicted that..Margins don't matter much, Yes those predictions didn't turn out right but this one will.. Be present here on 19th August 2014.. Didn't you said India's not going to win this series? Well, let's see how your prediction turns out.. 2-1 or 4-0 India's still winning this series.. That's the bottomline!

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | August 6, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    We need solid openers in Test Match. I think Gambhir has to play because he was one of the run machine for us, so having faith in him, selectors picked him in the squad, so he should be given chance here. Lets not disturb No. 3 & No.4. Ashwin should play instead of Rohit. Even if Rohit plays and if not performed, then this will be his last test series. Ashwin can score some runs that equal to Rohit. He is our best spinner, so Dhoni should have faith in him, so he will improve as a spinner in Overseas as well. Binny is neither a proper batsmen nor a proper bowlers, he is like a bits & piece of a player, so he can enjoy playing at IPL levels only. Even Jadeja is not a proper all-rounder in Overseas Test. We should pick a No. 7 as proper batsman or proper all-rounder for Overseas Test. My XI: GG, MV, CP, VK, AR, MSD, RA, RJ, BK, PS, IP.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    MSD is Always selfish he is everytime giving the chances to Dhavan,rohit,jadeja why not to drop this people bcz he is selfish sorry for the gambir he didnt get the chance if team india wants to win the next match Gambir should be included in the 11 in place of Dhavan... dhavan he fails in his last 6 inngs... Ashwin should be thr in place of jaddu...in place of rohit Saha/ojha/binny.... otherwise next match also ind loses.....

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | August 6, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    You can't be sure who will be the final XI from what Dhoni says in the press conferrences. He sprang up surprises time and again. If Gambhir is out of form Dhawan should be persisted with. If they drop Dhawan then Rohit should open. That way no rejig is needed for other places. Ashwin can bat at no6.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | August 6, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @arun_bose: "Many ppl think my predictions are crazy and dreamy but they will find out on 19th August 2014 what destiny looks like"

    One thing's for sure. Destiny certainly doesn't look like a 3-0 4-0, 5-0 India series win, which were 3 of your earlier predictions!

  • POSTED BY NikunjSaria on | August 6, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    India should definitly make 3 changes. Gautam gambhir instead of Dhawan , Varun Aaron instead of Shami as he has been ineffective and deserves a break and also pankaj singh deserves another chance & ashwin instead of rohit . This would strenghten their bowling as in the last test match they took only 11 wickets (combining both first and second innings)

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    It is amazing that the ones not included in the team are always the answer. We should select the best 11, some will perform some will fail. I think both Ashwin and Gautam have proved to be test class. They may deliver or like everybody else they will make average contributions. The bottom line is get rid of non-performers and include good performers and eventually you will have a better chance. Play two spinners and three seamers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Playing 11

    GG, MJ, CP, VK, AR,MSD, SB, RJ, RA, PS and MS.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    My thought from Day 1 of the series is that India needs to play Gambhir & Ashwin in place of Dhawan & Binny/Rohit. Reason is simple. Gambhir has been in decent form if not great and Dhawan is out of form. Ashwin because he is as good a batsman as Binny/Rohit if not better but a far better bowler. And seeing England pitch since last 3-4 years, it has suited the spinners more on day 4 and 5. No matter how green the pitch is or how overcast the sky is, the ball turns sharp and bounces on day 4 and 5; which is reason why Ashwin was successful in Champions trophy. MSD get it right..

  • POSTED BY loveyou123 on | August 6, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    In this present situation , I feel India has to go for two changes . 1) Replace with Dhawan with Naman ojha , and ask rohit to open the innings 2) ashwin in place of jadeja . I feel The Indian XI Should be 1) M.Vijay 2) R.Sharma 3) N.ojha 4) Pujara 5) Kohli 6) Rahane 7) Dhoni 8) ashwin 9 ) Bhuvaneshwar 10) Shammi 11) Pankaj singh. My view playing ojha is better , he is great form in australia . Even he can keep wickets and dhoni can concentrate on batting and get a ton or so . Even gambhir has not played a test from 2012 onwards , In this ideal situation we prefer ojha ahead of gautam. even pujara and kohli playing one order down wont be a problem . It will allow them to see some score on the scoreboard which will less some pressure and allow them to score and come back to form . good luck india.

  • POSTED BY a0m0a7n on | August 6, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Playing XI should be

    Murali Vijay, Gautham Gambhir, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ishant/ Aaron, Kumar, and shami

  • POSTED BY vigneshmurali on | August 6, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Well personally i think dhawan thinks he is invincible and cant be dropped.I mean getting out to a peach is one thing but continuosly throwing away his wicket like that is like begging the captain to drop him.dhoni is not known to drop the players he prefers(rohit sharma best example).however its time gambhir gets a look in .for players like that all it takes a sweetly timed boundary to get back in sublime touch most importantly send out a message to shikar "dude this is india we always have better players" and give ashwin a chance for gods sake

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 6, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    @Ananth83, I ha to look up the stats, as that was the series that got me hooked on cricket, watching Gooch ad Kapil at Lords, (SRT's fantastic running catch), those were the days, Teams seemed to operate in a different way then, before rankings became normal, and the bitterness started to come into the game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    I think Pankaj Singh deserves another chance... If Stuart Binny can be given so many opportunities, then definitely Pankaj deserves to play at Old Trafford.... Also, Gambhir and Ashwin must definitely play... Possibly Ishwar Pandey deserves a game as well...... Mohammed Shami may be rested as he has not made any significant impacts in the 3 TESTS so far.....

    MY XI will be: 1. Gambhir 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni (c&wk) 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. B Kumar 10. I Pandey 11. Pankaj Singh

    Hopefully Ishant will be fit for the FIFTH TEST in London...... in which case I Pandey and Pankaj Singh will make way for Ishant and Rohit or Naman Ojha....

    Statistically, spinners have done well in OLD TRAFFORD, so the need for both Ashwin and Jadeja to play this match.... Hope the likes of Pujara and Kohli return to form and play match-winning innings and make big scores.....

    Hoping for India to get a positive result in OLD TRAFFORD despite the threat of rain interruptions on all days

  • POSTED BY aby_97 on | August 6, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Dhoni should continue to play with six batsman.There is lot of cheers for Gambhir's inclusion, but I would be reluctant.He still hasn't worked on his backlift and his trigger movement that is to come onto the front foot every time.He may be better than Dhawan at this point of time but PUJARA opening would be more ideal.If these six batsmen can score, we can expect 100 runs between Jadeja, Ashwin and Bhuvi.

    Hence, The Ideal XI for Old Trafford Test WOuld be: M.Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, B.Kumar, V.Aaron, Pankaj Singh

  • POSTED BY wablo55 on | August 6, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Pretty funny that India have to use the Graham Gooch method to play spin. They need to watch a recording of the 87 (I think) World Cup semi final!

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    My Eleven 1.Gambhir 2.Vijay 3.pujara 4.Kohli 5.Rahane 6.Rohith 7.Dhoni 8.ashwin 9.Varun Aaron 10.Bhuvi 11.shami Aaron is very aggressive he wil bowl short deliveries with great pace...

  • POSTED BY Vinoda11 on | August 6, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    My 11 is Gambhir,Vijay,Pujara,Dhoni.Rahane,Kohli,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Shami,Ishwar Pandey.Dhoni should be batted at 4.Protecting to out kohli early in the innings.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | August 6, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    If India honestly wants to win, play this XI: 1.Vijay 2.Gambhir 3.Pujara 4.Rahane 5.Ohja(WK) 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuveneshwar 10.Aron 11.Pandey This team can beat the English team on any day....Do not get blind folded by past performance...Kholi needs sometime to go back and play in the Ranji trophy to get his form back...he's totally out of form and will definitely fail in the next 2 games as well...Dhawan and Shami are just come and go players...They're not consistent enough to play international test cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    IF Ashwin clicks, then it will be a no-contest at Manchester. BUT, if England go for a Lords like pitch, then India might need the right quicks. Shami and Pankaj have been far from impressive. They both had catches dropped off them, and created a few chances that didn't carry, but barring those few good ones, they were pedestrian. Both bowled too many loose balls, and allowed England to get away with the game. Shami in particular, has bowled on average, 1 bad ball per over throughout this series and that too, not just bad ones, he gifted half volleys on the leg side. That is NOT international quality. Shami hasn't brought any of that reverse swing with him either, and he is not worthy of a spot in the Playing XI. The changes I expect are 1) Ashwin coming in for Dhawan, with Rahane or Pujara opening the innings, AND, 2) Shami making way for Aaron AND, 3) Pankaj making way for Ishwar Pandey.

  • POSTED BY Rajdivine on | August 6, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    My Playing XI for 4th Test Match Against England:- Gambhir, Vijay, Puji, Kohli, Rahane, MSD, Jadeja, Aswhin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron.

    It will be an combination of spin and seam bowling with six specialist batsman.

    Considering Jadeja, Ashwin & Bhuvi as all-rounders expecting something with bat from them.

  • POSTED BY True_Indian_Raj on | August 6, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Dhawan should be dropped for Gambhir; In place of Pankaj pick Aaron; In place of Jadeja take Ashwin. Play with this XI: 1) Gambhir 2) Vijay 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Rahane 6) Rohith 7) Dhoni 8) Ashwin 9) Shami 10) Aaron 11) Pandey/ Bhuvi if he fits... Till Ashwin can bat and 3 fast bowlers, 1 spinner, part time bowlers(Rohith). All the best Team India. Jai Ho

  • POSTED BY sumansharm on | August 6, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    my 11:gambhir,vijay,pujara,kohli,rahane,dhoni,binny,ashwin,bhuvanesh,shami,varun

  • POSTED BY Diwakar81 on | August 6, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    My Eleven: 1. Vijay 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Kohli (C) 5. Rohit 6. N.Ohja (Wk) 7. Ashwin 8. Bhuvi 9. shami/ Ishant 10. Pankaj 11. Aaron... Go for the Kill India...

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    my playing 11 will be 1) gambhir 2) vijay 3)rahane 4) Rohit 5) jadeja 6)pujara 7) dhoni 8) ashwin 9) kumar 10) Aaron/Ishant 11) pandey. We should give rest to kohli and bring him later.

  • POSTED BY jeaphy on | August 6, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Doubt if India has the energy to win a five test series. The problem is their fielding which can be woeful. Their batting should on paper the best batting in the world.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 6, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    England will win 2-1 now with the weather effecting Manchester test. Too much uncertainty in India squad at the moment which is not a sign of a winning side , momentum now with England and India's attack has got all the English batsmen back in form.

  • POSTED BY Winchu on | August 6, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Next Match is crucial. India main concern is lack of good slip fielders. Aswin can fill the gap not only a a safe slip fielder also a thinking bowler to make good combo for Jadeja. Surprise to seeing slip fielders always resting there hand on knees so no surprise for dropping any reflex catch.

  • POSTED BY SrinivasPachari on | August 6, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    I am afraid we need to replace Shami because he is the one who should bring pace into the equation and enforce something to happen. He has failed poory in this series in my opinion. Plus his inability to reverse the old ball (that hs been his speciality) is disappointing. If Aaron can fulfill that role, then we will have a good balanced attack. Pankaj/Ishwar are similar bowlers so I think it is OK to play either of them. I think Bhuvaneshwar's injury/tiredness was the main reason we lost the game in Southampton. India need a very solid lower middle order. England will struggle to bowl India out like in Lords. If Ashwin clicks, we will win his series easily.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | August 6, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    India will win this series..Bhuvaneshwar kumar is going to take the highest number of wickets and vijay is going to be the highest scorer in this series....but somehow anderson is going to get the Man of the series award without doing anything..India will lift the trophy on august 19.......Congratulations India....sorry England

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | August 6, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    It is a case of picking players by rotation with India nowadays. If one fails, pick the next, even if the next one had failed not too long ago. Not very encouraging. Unless the players show dramatic improvement in their performances, India will continue to blow hot and cold. The problem is with the bowling. Test matches are won by bowlers and there seems to be no end to India's bowling woes. England are preening at the moment but they are just about better at the moment. They are winning the bowlers' battles, verbal battles and off field battles. A good dose of Mitchell Johnson in their faces will bring them down with a thud? Unfortunately Indian speedsters are no Mitch in pace or aggression. Maybe it is time for Aaron. Just for the pace, even if he is wayward. A few smelly cherries will even it out on the field, Ishant showed it in the Lord's test.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | August 6, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Ashwin in for Jadeja. Dhoni may play 6 batsmen, so Rohit may still play. Gambir for Dhawan is a 50-50 decision.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Playing XI: Gambhir, Vijay, Puji, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, MSD,Jadeja,Aswhin, Bhuvi, Shami,

  • POSTED BY Ananth83 on | August 6, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    @ YorkishirePudding - You are right, been more than 24 years and I somehow was thinking India had a chance in that game. Either way, that game was a classic and I remember for sure that Tendulkar was dropped early and he made England pay for that. Hoping to see a good game tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    My team for tomorrows Test will b : VIJAY, PUJARA ( OPNENERS ), RAHANE ( 3RD ), KOHLI, ROHIT, DHONI, JADEJA, ASHWIN, BHUVI, SHAMI & ARON. W e should give one ore chance to Rohit he is capable to change around, Also Shikhar shawan is of no use neither in test nor on One dayers. If ishant is fit then replace it with Shami. I surely believe that if this is the said Team then india wl be 2-1 up for the final test. Also for Ghambir no doubt that he is best, but I personally believe that he should regain the form in the next coming series it wl b good for him, if tried for this series then the Ghambr's chapter will b closed for ever. There will be double stress for him in this ssries.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | August 6, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Guess better later than never - Ashwin may not have a great record abroad but when even a part-time spinner like Moeen Ali has been prospering on the dry wickets here in England this summer, it has been sheer folly on the part of India not to have included a specialist spinner in their side in the series to date. I have nothing against Jadeja & maybe he can still retain his place in the team along with Ashwin & three seamers but SRJ is only going to get you one or two wickets at best! After the loss in the last Test, hopefully the penny has dropped with MSD at long last that a four bowler strategy doesn't work at all outside the sub-continent as we've seen on our recent tours of SA & NZ too. Don't think Gambhir is the answer to replacing Dhawan - he too has a weakness outside the off stump!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    My playing 11 1) gambir 2) Vijay 3) pujara 4) rahane 5) kohli 6) jadeja 7) dhoni 8) ashwin 9) kumar 10) Aaron 11) pandey

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Bhuvi might be fit and good enough to bowl at Old trafford but he looked very exhausted at Southampton and he lost his length bcz of that and at his pace bowling short length deliveries is dangerous for the team.. If Old trafford turns out to be a draw then he will be extremely exhausted by the time Oval test begins.. Looking at weather forecast of Manchester..Last two days are rain drenched so there's a possibility of a drawn test match.. It's a risk I know but it will benefit India in the fifth test where all of India's fast bowling attack will be fresh and well rested..Ishant and Bhuvi will bowl at their optimum best at Oval... Dhoni will rest Bhuvi for this match as he's known to be a gambler when it comes to captaincy.. He would know that Old trafford test could be a draw so it would be best to rest his best bowler for the decider at Oval... If I was captain of India, I would definitely rest Bhuvi and try out Ishwar for this match in his place along with Aaron and Pankaj/Shami..

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, MSD, Jaddu, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami

  • POSTED BY ns_krishnan on | August 6, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @Mohan_yuvi: You want Yuvraj to be selected based on the MCC v ROW match ? I hope you are not serious. It was not a competitive match at all .Tendulkar deliberately took Ajmal off very early when he started to run through the opposition. Would he have ever done somehting similar if it was an international game ?

    Yuvraj has done great things for Indian cricket but unfortunately he is no longer good enough for that level. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    'Rohit seems to be the likelier one to go out, with India returning to their five-batsmen formula of the first two Tests'.

    So even the commentators and pundits are not considering Mr Dhoni as a batsman. If we play Jadeja and Ashwin both, we are playing 5 batsman and 4 1/2 bowlers. While the other team is playing is 8 batsman and 4 1/2 bowlers. And you still can't see why we are not winning.

    Playing XI: Gambhir, Vijay, Puji, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, MSD,Ash, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron.

    Ideal XI: Anyone is better than Dhoni in tests. As a keeper, batsman or Captain. Can never understand how you can leave your best spinner out of the squad and Yadav deffo has to come in.

    Gambhir(C), Vijay/Dhawan(based on form), Puji, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Saha/Ojha/Samson, Bhuvi, Ishant, Yadav,POjha.

    I have come to a conclusion that no one will ever sack Dhoni, despite how poor he has always been and that he will leave only when he wishes to. Until then, I'l save my energy and time & hope for a better future.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    My last XI would be for next test: Gambhir, Vijay, pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwn, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Aaron & I. Pandey.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    When you select a team, you have to build for the future also. Gambhir had plenty of chances but he has shown that he is not capable of learning. Gambhir will get out exactly the same way as Dhawan. Rohit Sharma has a temperament problem which can be sorted out with one good innings. The best bet for India is to have 1. Rahane (who is an natural opener) 2. Vijay 3. Pujara who can be solid in defence. Once the ball is slightly old let 4. Kohli 5. Sharma and 6. Dhoni dictate terms. Then finally 7. Ashwin, 8. Jadeja, 9. Bhuvi can contribute/save/frustrate. The two other seamers can be who ever is fit. You have to 'test' England with spinners in tandem. I bet they will not be able to concentrate over after over because this is not natural for them. They dont have the muscle memory to use their feet consciously. They have to think about it every ball and when you need to do that continuously, it will result in lapses. You have to try this strategy. Batting is worth 500+ runs.

  • POSTED BY amit.80s on | August 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I hope Gambhir comes back or else get Rahane to open with Vijay then Pujara, Kohli, Saha/Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Pankaj, Varun, Bhuvi/Ishwar.

  • POSTED BY Jagan_n on | August 6, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    My thought would be to promote Rahane to no.3, Pujara should open, drop Dhawan and bring in Aswhin.

    My XI: Pujara, Vijay, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhubnesh, Shami, Pankaj/Varun.

    Just look at the temprament and style of Rahane. He is the perfect replacement of Dravid. With all respect to the talent of Pujara, Rahane must be promoted higher in the order and No.3 suits best to him. That way, Pujara can open the innings with Vijay. And, we need Ashwin at any cost!

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    someone said to drop Kumar? Hes had two five wicket hauls and made three fifties also India do not produce Genuinely fast bowlers

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    unfortunate part is that the selectors in choosing Indian side are not going by talent nor by form.More often the selections are based on IPL performances which are least suited for Test cricket nor One day cricket.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | August 6, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @Ananth83, I think your memory is wrong on that match at old Trafford, having looked up the almanac report, india where required to get 402 off 88 overs, they batted for 90 overs, as a result all the overs in the day had been bowled, at the RR of 4/over they would have needed, another 15-17 overs, or an hours play.

  • POSTED BY Mohan_yuvi on | August 6, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    My comments about ODI and T20 selection:

    Why the selectors not picked Yuvi for odi and t20? He is in good form now also he will be useful for World cup in next february. In the match b/w MCC XI vs ROW XI Yuvi scored century hence he proved he is in good form. and also conditions like Eng, Aus and NZ yuvi will be the good choice.. Poor selection by the selectors...

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 6, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Ashwin has never perfumed well overseas...

  • POSTED BY koolsid80 on | August 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @GRVJPR I hope that you realize that by asking to drop Bhuvi you are basically asking a team to drop a player who as a bowler has the 2nd highest wickets in the series (with one innings less than the highest, Anderson), the best average for bowlers with more than 5 wickets in the series and a batsman who is among the top 5 run getters in the series. And these statistics are for both teams. So, until unless you have a combination of Dravid and Mcgrath to replace him, no one in their sane mind would think of dropping him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    i think ashwin is perfect for next test

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | August 6, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Pankaj should play in place of Shami. Pankaj looked good in his debut, he could have easity ended up with 3 wickets. He was robbed of all of them.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    India has real issues with the slip Cordon! one visible problem is their reluctance to move forward to meet the ball rather than just wait for the dying ball to come to them! All the talk about Rahane taking that low catch and the umpire ruling in favor of the batsman but no mention of Rahane technique of waiting on the ball rather than lunging forward in which case it would have been a clean and easy take really since the ball wasn't that quick! I want Pujara to open and retain Rohit for one more game. Jadeja is again the same as Bhuvi...he's ineffective in the absence of a decent spinner at the other end! Ashwin and Jadeja could jointly trouble the England batsmen by turning the ball in different directions and inducing errors thus bringing slip and leg slip into play respectively! All the best India! Hoping for a good outing from Virat...He has the right technique but it's obvious that he's playing differently since somebody has told him to play as such in England...All the best!

  • POSTED BY koolsid80 on | August 6, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    My XI would be: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kolhi, Rahane, Dhoni, Sir J, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Shami/Pankaj, Aaron.

    I would anyday play Gambhir over Dhawan .

    Reasons: 1) Gambhir has prior experience in England (though he did not score much then, however apart from Dravid no one else did. Also Gambhir was on his downfall there). He also has played and scored heavily in New Zealand where the conditions are pretty similar to England.

    2) He has much more patience than Dhawan and is willing to play out the new ball. He seems to have much more grit and determination than Dhawan

    3) He covers his off stump which Dhawan hardly did in his 6 innings, thus was always poking at deliveries.

    4) He is a far superior player of spin than Dhawan.

    5) He has a lot of experience both in wins as well as losses outside the subcontinent.

    6) Sometimes quality players making a comeback suddenly hit a purple patch and score loads of runs.

    7) Dhawan right now seems flustered and under a lot of pressure.

  • POSTED BY Ananth83 on | August 6, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    This would be an interesting test match and can't wait to start. Surprising to note that neither the Siddharth or anyone else who've commented here haven't pointed out the fact that India has never won a test until now at Old Trafford. The closest they ever came to a win was in 1990 when Sachin saved us from defeat with his maiden hundred where he showed the world the beginning of a legend. I still remember that Gooch had agreed to draw the game with about 15 or 20 overs left in the day. India were more than happy to agree to end the game as they were on the verge of defeat before Tea. May be India could've won the game as we needed only 65 runs to win with 4 wickets in hand and a well set Prabhakar and Sachin. If this had happened now, I am sure fans will be livid about how a team cannot go for a win when RR is below 5. Great Memories and hoping for a great test match tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY sowrirajan on | August 6, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    My Indian team for 4th test

    Gautam Gambhir, Mrali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishwar Pandey,

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    My Team:: 1.Rahane 2.Gambhir 3.Pujara 4.Sehwag 5.Kohli 6.Rohit 7.MSD 8.Jaddu 9.Bhuvi 10.Ishanth/Aron 11.Shami

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | August 6, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Bhuvneshwar kumar should be out of team. He has done whatever he needed to. It is clear that in absence of good fast bowler at other end he can't pick wickets. Batsmen are ready to wait him out. He is ineffective on 3,4, 5 days of test match. Enough of him, need some real pacer.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    @Pady Srini- Yeah, Your team selection is ideal for BOOK CRICKET.. For test cricket, You need to think hard.. Drop Vijay? For what? Couldn't score big enough in just two innings at Southampton? Dhawan scored nothing in six innings other than getting out to Anderson and Broad..Dhawan dropped crucial catches at slips and you still want him to hog slips with both his hands on his knees.. You certainly don't want India to win..

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | August 6, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    whether Ashwin plays or not, wont make a lot of difference. 1st he has struggled of recent. His bowling holds no mystery anymore. With enough aid of tech. its easy for good batsmen to study his action to decipher the type of ball. With his clean,high arm actions the change in grip can be easily sussed out by top order batsmen and as his initial element of mystery is all but oven,with a no. of similar types of spinners around in int. cricket. In short he is a mediocre bowler at best in these conditions . And with his habit of going for runs, and not a real Wkt taking threat, it will be hard for Dhoni vs in form Eng with a few question marks over the 3 seamers to be picked for OT. At least Jadeja can hold up the runs, by doing defensive role, also providing stock bowling option.

  • POSTED BY saranhan on | August 6, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    why any one didnt talk about gamphir? he is the only one hav much experience in english pitches. why he still sitting as a waterboy?. there is no use of including dhawan. he didnt pass 40 in his last 6 innings against england. i think gamphir is the only weapon to lost the series against england as 1-3.dhoni not palying cricket .

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    My Indian XI for the Manchester Test:

    Gautam Gambhir, Mrali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishwar Pandey/ Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh

  • POSTED BY FNS18 on | August 6, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Please do not ask Rahane to open. Yes, he has opened innings for Mumbai in the past but that is history now. He has setlled in very well as middle order batsman and is holding middle order well. Why unnecessarily disturb a settled batsman who is doing well? He is not Dravid!

  • POSTED BY Malik_Murad on | August 6, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    I am surprised on the non-inclusion of Ashwin in the final XI. The whole world knows that England can't play well against the spinners. So, nobody on this earth knows the reason for resting Ashwin when he can be dangerous bowler against English batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    I think Pady Srini has a good sense of humor to say that Vijay has to be dropped and Dhawan persisted with. Dhawan has looked miserable as a fielder too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @landl47- Aaron bowls at 145+ km/hr..If that's not quick than I don't know what is.. 170+ km/hr? 145+ is quick enough to scare any batsman anywhere around the globe let alone England... Ishwar Pandey bowls at 135+ km/hr and that's medium fast..Good enough for test cricket and he swings the ball both ways as well and he's quite tall too.. Have you watch them bowl? ever? Let them play here first then judge.. Don't jump the gun too soon, They might trouble your lucky batsmen like Cook and Bell at Old trafford (If Aaron and Pandey given a chance at Oldy)

  • POSTED BY balaji28 on | August 6, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    I think both ishant and bhuvi should be rested for the series as a safety measure.while rohit,dhawan and shami should be dropped. Here is my playing 11 for 4th test at old trafford- Vijay,Rahane,Pujara,Virat kohli, Naman ojha,Dhoni,Ashwin,Ravindra Jadeja,Pankaj Singh,Varun Aaron,Ishwar Pandey. Many will say it is an inexperienced bowling lineup but this bowling line up will surprise the english batsmen for sure. But for sure I know Dhoni won't select the team I have mentioned and he will go in a defensive manner and lose the series.

  • POSTED BY manas_02 on | August 6, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    I don't know why the Indian team does not wish to use Rahane as an opener. The guy is an accomplished opener who has played so many Ranji matches in that role for Mumbai. It would lead to increased (healthy) competition for the openers' slot as well middle order slots thereby leading to better performances from the players. I hope Dhoni can spring a surprise of such proportions (very unlikely though!)

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 6, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Good news that Bhuvi is recovering. India really need him. Aaron and Pandey don't look to be particularly suited to English conditions. They might be faster than Bhuvi, but they're not particularly quick by international standards and they don't do much with the ball.

    If Bhuvi is fit, my bet would be that the only change India will make from the last test is Ashwin in for Rohit. India clearly needs an extra bowler (they only took 11 England wickets for 774 at Southampton, over 70 runs per wicket) and Rohit didn't make any more runs than Ashwin is likely to make.

  • POSTED BY syed_kaleem on | August 6, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Has any one forgot the mighty Gautam Gambhir who has played 54 test matches with 4021 runs 44.18 average , 9 hundred, 21 number of 50s, 206 being the top score

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Dhavan could be a better fit

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    got to wait and watch

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 6, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    @rappedonthepads on (August 6, 2014, 3:13 GMT), I understand why people talk about a double standard between batsmen and bowlers but those people seem to forget that it only takes one ball to get a batsman out. A batsman who has performed poorly in a game has only played two bad shots while a bowler who has performed poorly has generally done so over an extended period. Take Bell and Cook as examples in the last game. If Bell had been given out LBW then he would have been considered to have failed but he made the most of his luck and ended up a hero. That said, I don't think that Pankaj Singh bowled badly, at least not until he'd already bowled well without luck and lost enthusiasm. He should definitely get another game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    I cannot believe people want Rohit to be dropped. He is our future. The elegance in his game is a viewer's delight. I think Kohli and Vijay should be dropped and Rohit should open with Dhawan ( another future prospect ).

  • POSTED BY vipinchirackal on | August 6, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    why dont we try two spinners aswin and jadeja since bowlers except bhuvaneswar and ishant has never been a threat to england team

  • POSTED BY MOHIT2010 on | August 6, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    My playing XI - 1. Vijay 2. Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Rahane (up in the order) 5.Kohli 6. Rohit 7.Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Ishwar 11. Aaron

    Why everyone is including Shami....he has done nothing good with his bowling.....may be take a chance with Ishwar... Rahane and kohli should switch their positions at 2nd and 3rd down....

  • POSTED BY Indian_Kari_Pakku on | August 6, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    India caries two passengers in the team. Dhawan and Kohli.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 6, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    @vkias_vkumar- You said England will win this series and India has no chance whatsoever.. Why are you changing the boat now? Stick with one team.. Like I did.. Many ppl think my predictions are crazy and dreamy but they will find out on 19th August 2014 what destiny looks like.... I am a total die-hard Indian team supporter and fan from the very beginning here at cricinfo...

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    @rappedonthepads: Dhoni did make scores of 82 and 50, so I suppose that is not what you could label as failure in every single outing.

  • POSTED BY matsadelaide on | August 6, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    ISHWAR PANDEY poor guy why is been ignored?? in the eleven , all those series where he got selected in the squad

  • POSTED BY WellwisherINDIA on | August 6, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    please give that fresh young leg fast bowler Ishawar Pandey a chance, why dont you rotate your bowlers, except Ishanth and Bhuvanshar no pace bowlers had significant perfomnce so far , shami looks exhasted with too much cricket ,why not Ishwar pandey???

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    what is wrong with the team management... Pujara has already looked circumspect...why open wid him GAMBHIR needs to be brought IN as a specialist opener. and Shami should make way for Aaron....Pankaj singh bowled much better than shami and hence deserves another chance Drop Rohit and Bring Ashwin

    Best XI 1. Gambhir 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Rahane 5. Kohli 6. MSD 7. Ashwin 8. jaddu 9. Bhuvaneshwar 10. Pankaj singh 11. Aaron

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    Can anyone give a power glass to MSD? To help him see Varun Aron????

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    MSD's men need to do a Sourav Ganguly's Headingly!! Win the toss and bat first even if it's a green top, put big runs on the board and the bowlers coming into their own and pick up 20 wickets. My combination is GG comes in for Dawan, Ashwin in for Rohit and Varon Aron in place of Pankaj (Even though Pankaj did not do many wrong, India need a X factor nd Aron can provide that with his extra PACE)!!

  • POSTED BY Seanny on | August 6, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    still don't understand y Ojha has been sidelined, he's never been given a chance in overseas, and left arm spinners who know to flight the ball always play crucial roles

  • POSTED BY CurrentPresident on | August 6, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Knowing Dhoni, here will be the playing 11. Pujara, Vijay, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhoni, Pankaj, Bhuvi, Shami.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    My playing XI would be 1) Vijay 2) Pujara 3) Kohli 4) Rahane 5) Rohit 6) Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvaneswar 10) Shami 11) Aaron

  • POSTED BY roversgate on | August 6, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    My preferred playing XI: (1) M. Vijay (2) Gautam Gambhir (3) Cheteshwar Pujara (4) Virat Kohli (5) Ajinkya Rahane (6) MS Dhoni (7) R. Ashwin (8) Ravindra Jadeja (9) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (10) Varun Aaron (11) Pankaj Singh

    Gambhir needs to be tried out for one game. If he comes good, he normally retains form through the series. Pujara hasn't been as mentally tough as he was in past series, can't make him open under those conditions. Ashwin needs to be tried in the XI. Pankaj Singh cannot be dropped, stats don't show how he was the only bowler to consistently create chances in that first innings. Aaron in for a struggling Shami who is the bowling equivalent of Dhawan in this series. Lastly, with the only other bowling options being a misfiring Shami and a Pandey (whose style is same as Pankaj Singh), it might be a good idea to retain Jadeja for one more game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    How come after so many dismal performances Kohli still gets a chance in the team?

  • POSTED BY gbz22 on | August 6, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Team selection is given too much importance. The formula is of course much simpler, win toss and bat first. England have essentially a mediocre bowling line up. You just need to take out jimmy and not get overzealous with the rest. Taking out dhawan is impt in that context, as he's been giving the confidence boost to broad or jimmy every game by always looking like getting out. With Moeen, india just need to use the crease a bit better. He bowls an excellent length and that's his strength. So use the crease, hit him off back foot, sweep a bit, come down from time to time -- not to smash him, but play him into the gaps. Just dont get rooted to one spot and let him settle into his length.

    With bowling, its purely about pressure. Put enough runs on the board and catch well. Shami needs to get smarter with his lines. Jadeja needs more variation in pace and flight (as usual). Ashwin, would be a good add, as he's much smarter than jadeja. Expect him to figure out cook and ballance.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | August 6, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    And Shami is in the team for for what? Any one in his place would be more useful for the team. Dropping Pankaj would be highly unjust.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Slip fielding has been an issue..there is one other area where we miss Dravid, Sachin and Laxamn; all your youngsters are great on a ODI field and T20 field but not good at silly point, slip or silly mid on..

  • POSTED BY rappedonthepads on | August 6, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Dropping Pankaj Singh sends out a wrong message. So if either Aaron or Pandey do not perform well in a game, does it mean that they won't get another look in. Also it signifies double standards between batsmen and bowlers. Make no mistake, Pujara, Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni have failed in all 3 tests. Its a miracle that we're 1-1 at this stage despite 4 out of the top 6 failing in every single outing. Shami in my opinion has made a case to be rested. He already looks like a shadow of what he was in South Africa or NZ. Pankaj, Bhuvi and Aaron for me. Ashwin for Jadeja, GG for Dhawan.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Dahawan should go and bring in Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    If they actually play Gambhir in place of Dhawan and Ashwin in place of Rohit, that will be the right combination to go with. I don't feel they should drop Pankaj as the guy really bowled well and was grossly unlucky as almost all the commentators pointed out too. The guy is big, bowls fast and maintains the line and length needed. In Ishant's absence he is the only bowler who can consistently trouble the batsmen on a wearing pitch with some disciplined short pitch bowling. Also, Ashwin is the best slip catcher we have at the moment. Ashwin Vijay and Rahane will make the right slip cordon for us. Jadeja, Kohli etc. are all very good fielders but not in slips. If we need a gully or leg slip or fourth slip, bring in Pujara.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | August 6, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    My revised team India in the batting order is Rohit, VJ, Jinx, Pujara, Ojha, Dhoni, Bhuvi, Ashwin, Jadeja(to hold on with tail), Aron(cover for struggling shami), Shami.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Dhoni and management playing eleven selection will be very crucial from current available players and needs to consider Manchester wicket, my bowlers in the eleven Ishawar Pandey, Shami Ahmed, Buvanesh Kumar or Varun Arron , Jadeja, Ashwin also Shikhar Dhavan should be replaced.

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | August 6, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Ok if gambhir isn't playing I wouldn't want pujara to open he's your number 3 rahane used to open there's the solution for me plus that would be the way to keep the talented rohit in the team it be unfair to drop him after one test yea the more I think about it vijay rahane pujara kohli rohit dhoni jadeja ashwin kumar pankaj and Aaron would be the team I would go with

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    if they asking Bhuvi to play with swollen ankle that will be another example , it is going to affect his future as well , so these above old fast bowlers could not extend their carrier as expected, also the Indian cricket scheduling a lot at present comparatively with Kapil's time, IPL, innumerable onedays, tests, 3 nation tournaments, 2 world cup etc , regardless whether there is Indian win or loss there should be a rotation policy with fast bowlers, they have to be given chance while they are in form as well, see Pankaj Singh his carrier is almost over in this age, now got a chance, in fact he performed well in domestic cricket few years (before 2010) ago, Ishawar pandey he hs been the leading wicket taker in 2011-2012 season , he was selected in the team earlier too but only carred drinks , also consider these fast bowlers get a chance to play in the fast bowling friendly pitches like Australia, England, south Africa, new Zealand probably in four years.(cont..d)

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    The reason Indian team struggling with fast bowlers, they should be blamed them self, if we see the history of Indian cricket , I agree with unfriendly fast bowling pitches in india, however management or captain never tryied to increase fast bowling bunch strength ,here I mention few great pace/ fast bowlers names Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar, Javagal Sreenath, Venkitesh Prasad ,Irfan pattan, Zaheer Khan, Ishanth Sharma, now Shami and Bhuvi team always depended on above one players at a time , so they tried to get maximum out of them in that short time, so they got injured and exhausted ,these players played many times without 100% fitness, it was either properly checked by management or players have hidden their unfitness due to place loss from the Indian squad, owing to someone else will grab the opportunity, remember last England series Zaheer left the half way of test, now Ishanth half way of test, (conti..d)

  • POSTED BY vkias_vkumar. on | August 6, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    I predict 70% Indian win and 30% Draw and 0% English win!vkias_vkumar never get wrong with the predictions!!

  • POSTED BY Gireesh916 on | August 6, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Its better to play with Gambhir in the place of Dhawan.

  • POSTED BY contactmnr on | August 6, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    MSD should drop Dhawan My Playing 11 - Rohit/Gambir,Vijay,Pujara,kohli,rahane,MSD,Ashwin,V.Aron, Shami,Bhuvi*/I.Pandey. * if fit to play.

    Gambir can be tried in place of Dhawan. India cricket team should properly practice to hold the slip catches.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | August 6, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    DHONI should retire TEST side, KOHLI shoud be CAPT.

  • POSTED BY YesKayR on | August 6, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    my team for 4th test would be Vijay, gambhir, pujara, Kohli, rahane, ashwin, Dhoni, Jadeja, B kumar, Shami and aaron.

    Pankaj singh in the squad of 18 itself is highly unfortunate - that too with umesh yadav missing. poor team selection.. with just 2 tests remaining replacing an injured Saha with another keeper is stupid.. should have roped in Umesh yadav.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | August 6, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    I am not sure how the ploy of sweeping moeen is going to work for kohli and pujara as mostly he boals a floater and can bowl actual doosra as confirmed by ajmal. pre meditated sweeps will be self destructing.

  • POSTED BY on | August 6, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    whatever happened ISHWAR PANDEY (FAST BOWLER) should be in the 4th test team, he is carrying drinks for playing eleven in the last so many series, he must have given chance ahead of pankaj singh

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | August 6, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Old Trafford is supposedly one of the more spin-friendly pitches in England so Ashwin may as well have retired if they didn't play him here.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | August 5, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Bell has yet again saved his career, just as he was about to stand down and let a talented (and better) youngster come into the team. I bet $20 he scores poorly for another year (including getting owned by M Johnson) and then scores a hundred. It's Groundhog Day !

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | August 5, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Other than Anderson (and partly Broad), other English quicks are not looking good. So India is preparing for Ali. Thats the right idea. Play Anderson's first 6 or 7 overs carefully and Ali is the main threat until the new ball is due. Also Anderson would be bowling only 20-25% of the overs. If Ali bowls well he might be bowling 25-30%. So England will have a threat going on almost all the time. If India can score quickly against Ali, England has to take him out of the attack and Woakes and Finn will have to bowl a lot of overs. Thats a great strategy as long as Finn does not find form and they play Woakes carefully.

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | August 5, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    I find it extraordinary that cricketers nowadays are judged for test selection by how they perform in the nets. Call me old-fashioned but nets are for practice - they are no substitute for, to coin a phrase, "time spent out in the middle". India have had a week off since the last test - they could have easily fitted in a 3 day first class game against a county. This would have been good for the county in terms of revenue and it would have offered batsmen like Gambhir a chance to strut their stuff out in the middle (and, indeed, batsmen like Dhawan to play themselves back into form). India have been offered a 5 test series for the first time since 1959 - they could at least have taken the opportunity to have some properly competitive games against first class counties to hone their skills between tests. Instead they played 2 meaningless "practice" games at the start of the tour and chose to spend the rest of the long tour finding their inner Bradman in the nets - good luck to them!

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Gambir,Vijay,pujara,Rahane,kholi,Ashwin,dhoni,aron,Bhuvi,shami

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | August 5, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    I would prefer Ohja over Ghambhir. Ghambhir's weaknesses against quicks were evident when he played tests in Australia. He has not played well enough in domestic cricket or showed any evidence that he addressed those issues. KKR did well mainly because of bowlers and Uthappa. Ghambhir had three zeroes and then he scored a few run when playing slow. Jadhav, Ohja, Samson, Uthappa showed they are on par with international players, unfortunately Ghambhir did not. But if he figures out his technical issues, he is the best batsman to have (because of his habit not giving up his wicket on a bad ball).

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    With Gambir struggling in nets, I would like to have Rahane open the innings with Vijay-both have good technique on new balls. Pujara,Kohli to follow as usual. Naman Ojha in for Rohit as he is in good form and Dhoni , Ashwin and Jadeja - one can restrict scoring and other can attack. Pankaj- even wicketless he bowled beautifully, Aaron in for Shami as he seems tired, Pandey in for Bhuvi due to injury concerns. If don't have confidence on selected bowlers why they are in team.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 5, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    some are saying just because its England u cant play 5 spiners. mind u its nt just the pitch that determines bowling conditions. weather too plays an important role. in the previous series of sri lanka england and in this series it hasnt rained and so after 2-3 days pitch gets all dried up and cracks appear and starts turning. this is wat happened in lord's and then at southampton and will happen again in manchester unless we have a chance of rain. playing two spinners may actually be a good strategy. but one thing is sure gauti has to come in for dhawan. dhawan is having poor run and rahane and pujara look set in there roles and there is no need to push them up to accomodate rohit sharma.

  • POSTED BY Kapil_Choudhary on | August 5, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    These articles of nets analysis this series have been great. I think the predictions have been spot on every time. However, if Gambhir was going to play, I would imagine he would be the prime contender to replace dhawan in slips as opposed to Vijay. Another option in the slips is ashwin. Based on the article, since Vijay is the likely replacement of dhawan in the slips, seems like Gambhir will miss out.

  • POSTED BY souwesterly on | August 5, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Without intending to open up the Anderson fiasco again, I'm rather expecting him to be well fired up for this next match. Expect at least a five for.....in both innings!

  • POSTED BY devharsha28 on | August 5, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    India must win this game. Lot of pressure are there. But dhoni have to choose the good team. We need to get 5 batsmans, 2 allrounders, 4 bowlers. Opening pair is most important. They would be score 100+. So think about our opponents strength and weakness. We need to get quickers. I suggested this team would be better to this game. 1. Rahane, 2. Vijay, 3. Pujara, 4. Naman ojha, 5. Dhoni, 6. Aswin, 7. Bhuvi, 8. Shami, 9. Varun aron, 10. Ishwar/ Pankaj, 11. Jadeja / Kohli / Gambir. Choose wisely according to the pitch, players form.

  • POSTED BY B.R.K.R on | August 5, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    given gambhir's experience and track record i think he deserves 2 more chances, rohit dhawan and jaddu are better fit for odis and t20s, my team for next test would be : 1. vijay 2. gambhir 3. pujara 4. kohli 5. rahane 6. ojha 7. dhoni 8. ashwin 9. bhuvi 10. aaron 11. pankaj

  • POSTED BY devharsha28 on | August 5, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    1. Gambir 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Rohit or Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni 7. Naman 8. Ashwin 9. Shami 10. Bhuvi 11. Varun If varun will swing well than other pacers means drop him. Otherwise he s a gr8 option. Use naman. He s in form.

  • POSTED BY ruester on | August 5, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    BRKR well if Gambhir didn't play well in the IPL then he surely shouldn't play! Why do Indian supporters think IPL is a good way of picking test players? surely the Ranjit trophy performances are a better indicator than a T20?

  • POSTED BY xylo on | August 5, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Ashwin for Dhawan sounds like a good tactic. Getting Gambhir in is like gifting England a starting score card of 0/1.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    What ever you do. Get FIVE full time bowlers. Four seamers, one spinner. Else, plan on getting beaten.

  • POSTED BY Amarjitmadan on | August 5, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Gauti is very competitive and irrespective of how he is playing in nets he can be a spot of bother for the opposition on his day and mind it that he plays the rising delivery on his shoulders leg side. Rohit and Jadeja, the later is a nothing bowler but a good odi all rounder and no where close to required test level, he is a liability on the team. Rohit is as big a liability as he was and why MSD is persisting only has the answer. Ashwin is a responsible batsman and can give 30 to 50 runs and depending on wicket a couple of quick wickets. It is quite surprising that Umesh is not there in scheme of things for tests. Good luck MSD and team India please do not play for a draw then you will surely lose.

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 5, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Funny, like some Generals fighting the previous war, Indian batsmen are *now* practicing how to sweep the spinner! They have to realize that Ali is still a part-time bowler for England, and that they are still better players of spin bowling than pace bowling.

    If the English pace attack is Anderson, Finn, Woakes and Stokes (as is likely, since Broad is most probably going to be rested) then the Indian batsmen better figure out how to deal with the bounce and how to negotiate balls that are directed to the top of off-stump and moving away late at 140+ speeds..

  • POSTED BY Aneeshkallazhi on | August 5, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    I think naman can stand behind the wickets and dhoni himself can be act as medium pacer and virat kohli should also be used as medium pace.. ishwar with his height can bring shot balls as much as possible what ishant did in lords test.. vijay can be used as part time spinner.. Dhoni, vijay , rahane, ashwin can be stand in slips and pujara and gautam should be in silly points.. Naman Ojha who was in in prime form in AUSTRALIA(OVERSEAS) with 3 centries in 4 innings can be given enough chance. I think my best playing XI is..

    1. GAMBHIR (BATSMAN) 2. VIJAY (BATSMAN/SPIN) 3. PUJARA (BATSMAN) 4. KOHLI (BATSMAN/MEDIUM PACE) 5. RAHANE (BATSMAN) 6. NAMAN OJHA (BATSMAN/WICKET KEEPER) 7. DHONI (BATSMAN/MEDIUM PACE) 8. ASHWIN (SPINNER) 9. BHUVANESHWAR KUMAR (FAST BOWLER) 10.SHAMI (FAST BOWLER) 11. ISHWAR PANDEY (FAST BOWLER)

  • POSTED BY getgopi on | August 5, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    " five-batsmen formula of the first two Tests."

    Five-bowler formula?

  • POSTED BY Mannathil on | August 5, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    India needed three changes. Gambir for Dhawan, Ashwin for Rohit, Aaron for Shami.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Gambhir struggling even in nets??? That doesn't sound good. Anderson has a mean away swinger from around the wicket, which claimed Dhawan twice, and could as well take out Gambhir too, if he's not able to even play in the nets, under no pressure. With Dhawan & Gauti both struggling, I think Rahane might be pushed to open the innings. Without Broad to support Anderson, the opening spell might not be that hard to negotiate for our two best batsmen so far. Also, VK and Che might be thinking about sweeping even the fast bowlers. Batsmen do it often in ipl, and 7 out of 10 times its worked. Glen Maxwell swept both spinners & pacers and got runs. Sweeping the fast bowlers might nullify the effect of that outside off line, which would throw inexperienced bowlers like Jordan, Woakes to bowl those bad balls. Glad that Bhuvi is fit. Shami needs to make way for ishwar, Pankaj for Aaron. Ash would come for Dhawan. Bringing in Ohja for Rohit could be a surprise. Let's win this boys.

  • POSTED BY B.R.K.R on | August 5, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    gambhir did not look in great form in the IPL, he has been out of sorts for a very long time, and i think its time to give new guys a chance .. my team would be : 1. vijay 2. pujara 3. rahane 4. kohli 5. rohit 6. dhoni 7. jaddu 8. ashwin 9. bhuvi 10. aaron 11. pankaj

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Gautam is a class act & is a big match player. He is the one who will never give up in pressure situations. Besides, he is hungry & is a proven material. I would like both Gambhir & Ashwin to play with Dhawan & Pankaj missing. Also, Aaron in for Shami.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | August 5, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    This series will definitely not be squared up. India will win another and will lift the cup. tactics of Dhoni on choosing 5 bowler 6 batsmen is one I am awaiting to watch...

  • POSTED BY y4yoga on | August 5, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Ashwin to open is really a good thing, But imagine If Ashwin scores more than 50 or more than 100(Which is the reason if he is asked to open) but one must also know that he will be our main bowler after 25-30 overs bowled, which would make him tired such that he cannot concentrate on both. Its better if Ashwin repaces Rohit as Ashwin is more than capable of Rohit and also adds a strength in Middle order along with MSD and lower order along with Jaddu and Bhuvi

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    1. Gautam Gambhir 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Rahane 5.Kohli 6.Dhoni 7.Ashwin/Jadeja 8.Bhuvi 9. Pankaj 10.Varun Aron 11. Shami/I. Pande. (You can not play with 2 spinner in ENG)

  • POSTED BY Englishmanabroad on | August 5, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I think Pankaj deserves a second test match. He deserved to get much better results than he actually got in the 3rd test. I think if India want to include Aaron, they should rest Shami, he wasn't really looking 100% anyway.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Let's not disturb the batting order too much, which is playing well over the last 3 tours due to one bad outing. . Drop Dhawan and play Gambhir or Ojha.. Play 4 bowlers: Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aron, Sami/Pankaj.. Ashwin and Gambhir inclusion will also boost slip cordon

  • POSTED BY zaltekashinath on | August 5, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    India has to changes for win the series my playing eleven should be as follows, 1. Gautam Gambhir 2.Vijay 3.Pujara 4.Rahane 5.Kohli 6.Dhoni 7.Ashwin 8.Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10.Ishwar Pande 11.Varun Aron

    Best of luck Team India....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Great if Ashwin comes in. Even Gambhir deserves to be in. Rohit and Dhawan has no place.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shami, Jadeja and (ALSO) DUNCAN FLETCHER can get a long run then WHY CAN'T PANKAJ SINGH?

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    It will be a great decision to replace Pankaj with Aaron. The major problem Indian seemers have been facing is the lack of zip from the pitch. We have seen Anderson and Broad get that extra bit from the pitch because of the extra pace. Even Ishant extracted good bounce and pace. Dhawan should be given another chance as an attacking opener is needed to accompany Vijay. Getting Pujara to open would get Vijay under pressure to score faster than he has been before he is completely settled. My XI: Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron. Ashwin certainly is a much better batsman than Dhoni or Rohit in Test matches. And a much much better spinner than Sir Jadeja. Jadeja won't leak runs from the other end and maintain pressure. When Ishant is fit, it might be worth giving a thought to replacing Jadeja with Ishant. Kohli and Pujara need to step up. Very poor string of scores for batsmen with such class!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    pankaj should play last 2. he could have got cook an bell. very unlucky boy. if buvi isn't 100% fit bring ishwar. drop shami for Aaron.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    nobody talking about kohli form.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    giv a chance to ojha he is In fantastic form. dhoni won't give we know. he stick with his old tram

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    England struggled against aus bcoz of Johnson pace and bounce. so play Aron an give him a 5ovrs spell. bring ash in place of rohit. gg for dawan.

  • POSTED BY nade123 on | August 5, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Bring back Gautam Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    I'll be surprised if Pankaj Singh is dropped, his figures don't reveal the actual story as he was hugely lucky not to get 3-4 wickets. But he looked full of promise and in a land where good fast bowlers is a luxury, don't see any reason why he should not play a couple of more matches to prove his worth. Playing two spinners in England will be a luxury, so Jadeja needs to go out and Ashwin needs to come in and Aaron needs to to replace Sharma. If Dhoni is hell bent on jadeja and Ashwin, then get Aaron in place of Shami who has been in poor form or Bhuvi is he is injured which makes the decision easier. Ofcourse Dhawan needs to sit out in favor of Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    (continue)For slip fielding, These four would field in slips in my team..1st slip- Vijay, 2nd slip- Ashwin, 3rd slip- Gambhir, 4th slip- Pujara/Rahane..All these are quite experienced in slips.. Whether It's a green mamba or Mars Surface, Indiaa must look to bat first as this will put pressure on England to bat in the 4th innings..With two spinners in our armoury, England will lose half the battle even before a single ball's bowled..Even though Old trafford's gonna be a draw, India must rehearse with this team and these tactics in the 4th test to win the fifth test and this series... #Bleedblue

  • POSTED BY entryholedia on | August 5, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    That Ashwin has developed swelling & is tired is no surprise. Look at his frame . He does not simply have the attributes of being bowled the way he has been used by Dhoni . But then Dhoni does not have many options does he ? May god bless Bhuvi to remain in one piece so that he is not burned out as after such long gruelling spells till now and then maybe another 70 overs(35X2) in two tests he will still play in the One day series which is another 50 overs of bowling & then another 8 overs in the two T20s . His frame is akin to the pencil thin Sikander Bakht of pakistan who was also over bowled and had a brief career as pakistans main attack was with Packer circus .

  • POSTED BY MrSri on | August 5, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    I wish Gambhir to back , but in the above article they mentioned he was struggling in Nets -- so its better Gambhir injuries himself else he is going to in with no form and that would be end of this International career.

    I wish umaesh is here but not , so this would be my choice

    Vijay , Sharma, Pujara , Rahane , Virat , Ashwin , Dhoni , Jadega , Bhuvanesh , Shami , Varun

    I don't like Sharma , but we don't have any one else in squad I guess. He atleast does something if we make him feel he has to concentrate and he is special. Truth is he is not special but he has to feel that way ..

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | August 5, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    So India is going to be like M Vijay, R Ashwin, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, B Kumar, Shami and V Aron. I think either Shami or B Kumar need a rest. But without Ishant returning it's impossible. Anyway, playing Ashwin as an opener may not be a bad choice?

  • POSTED BY Cric__Dude on | August 5, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Getting a laugh seeing few people forming 3/4 pace attack in their playing 11. India clearly doesn't have that talent like Pak/Aus/SA. Better to go with Ishwar/Aaron/Pankaj along with Bhuvi. 2 pacers, 2 spinners, maybe get in Binny as 5th bowler. Anything from him is a bonus. Also, no. 6 batsman is not doing any justice. Better to give Binny few more chances.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 5, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Let's face it India just can't play spinners from England , Swan and Panesar destroyed India in India and now a part timer who was nearly dropped a few games ago for not taking wickets destroys the Indian batsmen again with a 6 for ha ha.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | August 5, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    So India is going to be like M Vijay, R Ashwin, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, B Kumar, Shami and V Aron. I think either Shami or B Kumar need a rest. But without Ishant returning it's impossible. Anyway, playing Ashwin as an opener may not be a bad choice?

  • POSTED BY desiboy454 on | August 5, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    My XI: 1. GG 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Rahane 6. Ashwin 7. MSD 8. Bhuvi 9. Ishwar 10. Aaron 11. Singh

    - Ashwin at 6 is better than rohit, this can allow dhoni to have 4 quicks, this way he can have fresh set of seamers through out the game. GG will not do worse than Dhawan so he should be given a go. Aaron will had pace/ bouncy and Ishawar and Bhuvi can work the new ball. Ishawar will get some bounce as well. Ashwin will have to step up his batting. If india can use Ashwin at 6 and 4 seamers, this gives them an aggressive approach not a defensive one.

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

    Ashwin is not at all a world class spinner at all.

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

    Indian bowlers lack any pace. One pace bowler ( 140kph consistently) would make the difference. Moeen Ali doesnt get the credit he deserves. Six wickets is quite substantial. Ashwin needs to play with maybe Aaron or Yadav. Pace makes batsmen do silly things. Even though these bowlers are not express, 87mph+ is good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Two best Indian batsmen practicing to face a part-time spinner Moeen Ali is the joke of the year. Knee-jerk reaction at its worst!

    Indian batsmen underestimated Ali and paid the price; that's all. Now, having a better assessment, play him the way they play any good spinner they face anywhere in the world. If you are not a great natural sleeper like the good old KP, or Misbah, you can't develop into one in between two matches, and I am almost sure, they will give an edge and give easy high catches in that process. All the English fielders look good in taking high catches.

    Walking into (or, is hitting into) the opposition's hands is the goal, just go ahead.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | August 5, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    If Rohit is dropped then he will be really hard done by. Rohit got only one test that too in place of no7 (Binny). He very rightly tried to hit Moeen trying to stamp his authority and successfully faced him in the second innings in the closing moments of 4th day while Moeen was on song. In the second innings DRS would have saved him for sure. Rohit is a frontline batsmen and his frustration was evident when he bowled ineffectively. I suggest Rohit be played as an opener alongwith Murali. Jadeja looked like taking wickets and bowling in tandem with Ashwin will make him stronger. Kohli could only hit Jordon who struggled throughout and need be dropped. Three seamers are necessary. Five bowlers to take 20 wickets and six bats ensure 300 runs should be the objective for india. My team India in the batting order is Rohit, VJ, Jinx, Pujara, Gambhir(to counter Moeen), Dhoni, Bhuvi, Ashwin, Jadeja(to hold on with tail), Aron(cover for struggling shami), Shami.

  • POSTED BY Westindian_Cricketer on | August 5, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Dhawan out, gambhir in Rohit out Ashwin in Bhuvaneshwar or pankaj out Aaron in

    Aaron will be lethal to England, its been very long since england has faced real pace

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    If Indian team stand any chance to win this series is by using aussi way they have left a success trail, they have exposed how much this British team is vulnerable to super fast bowling. They must also adopt strategy of top 3 in form batsman of the side should come at 1.2.ans 3 which can rightly be filled by vj rahane and Dhoni, nd rest can follow. In bowling for God sake drop Shami, he has struggled throughout and major problem he has not been able to pull his weight. and about bhuvi he bowled only once where he appeared threatening, pankaj Singh swung the bowl much better. nevertheless drop both bhuvi nd Shami nd bring in express bowler pankaj, aeron nd pandey.

  • POSTED BY Architect12 on | August 5, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    vijay,rahane,pujara,virat,gambhir,dhoni,jadeja,ashwin,bhuvanesh,shami,varun tis shuld be de line up..

  • POSTED BY KricketWicket on | August 5, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    I think Shami is a bit of a worry; he has been toothless so far this series. Someone needs to ask him to seriously up his game. At the moment, he seems to be running in for the first spell, but if wicketless, then his remaining spells tend to be ordinary. India really need to go for broke this test and gamble will 5 bowlers consisting of - Bhuvi, Pankaj, Shami/Pandey, Aaron, & Ashwin. Jadeja is definitely not a test quality spinner. The other changes should be - bat Pujara as opener and drop Dhawan. My pick in batting order: Vijay, Che, Ajinkiya, Virat, Rohit, Mahendra, RaviAsh, Bhuvi, Shami, Varun, Pankaj.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @Nauman Butt- Come back to 2014 Which era you're living in? RP Singh? Where is RP Singh? Oh yeah, In 2007..Irfan? Last time I checked he's still injured.. Zaheer? He's injured as well.. Man, You need to update urself..

  • POSTED BY crzcric on | August 5, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Finally, Not just a bowler a Better test batsman than Dhoni. Bring back Gambhir too.If india want to win.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Draw banker. Take one look at the Manchester weather forecast.

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | August 5, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    It seems that Alastair Cook now has some faith in Moen Ali's spin so if India are aggressive against him , Cook will hopefully keep him bowling and there may be some wicket taking opportunities especially with the sweep shot.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @KACZOR on (August 5, 2014, 15:59 GMT):

    I like that "out of box" thinking of Ashwin being tried out as an opener. In fact, many have been mentioning that, half in jest and half seriously. I am ready to remove the "jest" half. Who knows with his compact batting style & techniques, we may hit a jackpot. If he doesn't succeed, what difference it makes compared to Dhawan's runs. At least we will have a better slip fielder.

    I also like your statement that "Ashwin & Aaron may turn out to be our trump cards"' as a motivational slogan. Hope, it works. Really.

  • POSTED BY AtulDEO on | August 5, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    If only Dhoni was a proper Test Batsman, India would have had a good No.6 cum wicket-keeper.But no Test can be played without the T20 slip-free zone that Dhoni relishes. He nicely covers up the whole issue by sticking to four bowler theory that suits only his survival and existence. Post Dhoni days in future this aspect will be retrospectively glaring. The common saying currently is "if only India had a good pace bowling all-rounder" when actually it is "if only India had a good No.6 wicket-keeper batsman, they could have played five bowlers". The Man-in-Helm and the coaching support staff isn't the whispering the real problem.

  • POSTED BY crazycricfan007 on | August 5, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Picking up shami is costly option for India. Test match is all about building pressure from both ends and Shami always released it from other end. It is the reason Ballance and Bell were never under pressure to score. Shami gifted them 4 balls very often.

  • POSTED BY souravkr on | August 5, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    We have to go in with two proper openers, otherwise the whole batting line up will be distorted. Pujara opening, Kohli at 3, Rahane at 4, Rohit/Dhoni at 5 just seems dumb. And dropping Pankaj after an extended run of poor luck is harsh. I'd stick with him for another test at least. Varun Aaron has only pace and very little control.

  • POSTED BY flavamonkey on | August 5, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    How about:

    1. Vijay 2.Ojha (wk) 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Jadeja 7. Dhoni 8.Kumar 9. Ashwin 10. Singh/Pandey 11. Aaron

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 5, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    What makes Shami a certain? He hardly looks like taking a wkt. Pandey should get a look in. With Gambhir not looking in the best of form, Rohit might get to stay after all. If this series is any indication, calling Pujara as new Dravid is an injustice to Dravid. Pujara and Dravid do not belong in the same sentence. Kohli has proved to be a flat track bully. Indian quest for a stable middle order continues.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 5, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Pujara as a opener is a good idea.He will grind the bowlers as usual.But Rohit, Dhawan and Gambhir are same.There is not going to be any advantage of playing one these players.They are not gonna score more than 30.

    Whatever the form he is in nets, Mohammed Shami should be dropped.A player can be in super form in nets(Ex: Rohit Sharma demolishes every ball in nets) but how he performs in the match is crucial.Shami didn't perform well in any matches.He helped cook to return to form by bowling on the pads and lollipops.Pandey or Aaron should come in.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 5, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Dhoni is not the best guy to select a rational & Balanced XI. After bungling playing 3 Tests without Ashwin, he appears to be learning a bit about selecting right guys. When facing 5 or 6 LH bats, India needs to have a RH off spinner in the XI who does a lion's share of bowling. That is plain common sense. Secondly, there is no point in benching the fastest bowler on your side. Aaron @ 145 KPH needs to play in XI. India selected Dhawan & Gambhir as alternate LH openers. Gambhir's inclusion was a mystery as he is a compulsive poker of the balls outside the Off stump. He was consistently dismissed this way in all Tests in 2011 Tour. I would rather open with Rohit Sharma or Naman Ojha if Dhawan is dropped. Has Gambhir mysteriously learnt the art of leaving balls outside the off stump? Indian batting hopes still rely upon Vijay, Pujara & Kohli making big scores. Rahane appears to be most consistent bat apart from Kumar. Dhoni needs to bat well or replace himself with Ojha -better Bat!

  • POSTED BY Pravej on | August 5, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Not sure why Gambhir out of the playing 11? just because his relation with Dhoni. he is far good player than Vijay, dhawan and rest. In fact most senior player in the team. he should be include in the next test. Else another defeat on dhoni account.

  • POSTED BY FiGhtCluB_99 on | August 5, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    In case Ashwin comes in for Dhawan, just open with Ashwin. That way, everybody will get to bat at their regular positions. Ashwin has a proper technique and can deal with the new ball as well as anybody else in the team. Aaron and Ashwin may prove to be India's trump cards in the next game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Just get rid of Rohit, bring Ashwin in at 6, and bring back Gambhir for a last chance to revive his career. Dropping Pankaj after one game would be tough, and they should rather consider Aaron in place of Shami who has been inconsistent in the 3 games so far.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Bringing in Ash would be the best move.. England hav a lot of left handers.. And Ash is good against them.. Vj shd continue his good wrk.. He shd hit some big runs as he missed out on both occasions in South Hampton.. Wd be nyc to see him scre a biggg ton.. GG wd be a good addition.. But i don think he ll provide any better starts.. He is struggling to b honest.. And he mit also run out ppl.. That's his biggest minus.. It wd be better if Rohit is given another chance.. He deserves it jus lik how dhawan got chances.. And Virat shd tak up a lot more responsibility.. future captian material they say.. He needs to live up to that.. Pankaj shd be given another chance.. Shami has been expensive.. And hopefully Bhuvi gets a bit more pace onto his deliveries.. Dhoni mainly shd bat better.. 2 50s doesnt seem good at all.. He needs to b captaining lik in Lord's..

    My XI : Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, MSD, Ash, Jaddu, Bhuvi, Shami, Pankaj..

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 5, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Two spinners? What happened to the fastest pitch in England? Looks like England is very confident in Moeen Ali after his 6 wicket haul in the last Test and creating spinner friendly track at Old Trafford!!! PS: To those clamoring of inclusion of Ashwin, should look at his record overseas. Agree with exclusion of Rohit Sharma; but, no to Ashwin. Binny would be much better option in seamer friendly track at Old Trafford.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    __should also think about the virat kholi out of neck should be given rest ___Youvraj singh might have chance __Gambir right choice __ bowler like irfan pathan - Zaheer khan is missing badly __RP singh also good Now final selection is 1. Vijay 2.Gambhir 3. Pujara 4.Youvraj Singh 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni (wk-capt) 7.Ashwin 8.Kumar 9. irfan pathan 10. Shami 11. Aaron

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    If india need win, Dhoni handed over to the gloves to ojha and he will concentrate for batting & captaincy. Pujara should be asked to open the innings along with vijay. My Selection: 1. M.Vijay, 2. Pujara, 3. Kohli, 4. Rahane 5. N.Ojha, 6. Dhoni, 7. Ashwin, 8. Jadeja, 9. Kumar/Pankaj, 10. Shami, 11. Varun/Pandey

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Pujara's position shouldn't be compromised for opening, He's thd best no.3 in the world right now, He may not have scored heaps in this series but that's bcz he usually face the new ball very early.. Gambhir can be given a chance but he has to curb his basic instinct of poking outside off-stump and he will score in heaps.. Once opening woes gets solved, Indian batting line-up can destroy any bowling attack anywhere around the globe.. Kohli must play(no-brainer), Rohit(The zombie with the bat) must sit out for Ashwin(whose batting avg. is better than the zombie with the bat), Bhuvi might be fit but IMO he should b rested for fifth test as he looked exhausted in Southampton.. Varun should come in his place, Ishwar for Pankaj and Shami should be retained as described earlier by Mr.Monga in other post that he's bowling well in the nets and in rhythm..Jadeja should be in the team as well as he will provide depth in the batting and would support Ashwin while bowling.. (continued)

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I strongly feel that Pandey should replace Sami whose bowling simply toothless.

  • POSTED BY sushils on | August 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Well, Series for Indian players was over when they had won Lord's test.. as a win abroad is like winning a world cup for Indians. So any no. of loses after that doesn't matters for BCCI and Indian players. They will keep admiring their lone win. BCCI should make a rule that if Indian team wins a test abroad then immediately stop the series and run back home.. because drubbing after that is very painful for Indian fans. So dear friends stop making your own combinations, whosoever may play now 3-1 thrashing of Indian team is very much on the wall. YA reality always bites... May GOD prove me wrong....

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | August 5, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    India should move Rahane up the order as opener replacing Dhawan as he hs a trained opener and is well in form.Retain Rohit and hope he maintains temperament because he appeared comfortable in the middle as long as he was there(unlike Dhawan..also Gauti wont do any better than dhawan)Dont drop Pankaj because he really did bowl well in the first day.If anyone should be dropped it should be Shami.Play Bhuvi,Pankaj,Varun and Aswin.The xi should be Vijay,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Dhoni,Jadeja,Aswin,Bhuvi,Pankaj,Aaron.Umesh Yadav should have been flown in as cover for Ishnat but since it hasnt happened this is the best XI we can field.If Dhoni is insecure about batting at 6 let him be.The team doesn't expect much from him anyway.please dont sacrifice a bowler for this reason

  • POSTED BY ydoethur on | August 5, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    OK, I'm an England fan, but I've been completely baffled by India's selections so far. They've got a great all-round cricketer in Ashwin - instead of him, they play Jadeja, a capable second spinner but not somebody who would frighten a good quality line up on a flat pitch, and who isn't as good a batsman as Ashwin (first class triple centuries notwithstanding). They pick and drop seamers with bewildering frequency. Their fielding seems to be based on hope rather than planning.

    But most of all I cannot understand the treatment of Ajinkya Rahane. He's looked the bast Indian batsman by a mile on this tour and has a first class average of nearly 60 opening the innings. India took years to pick him; when they do, he bats down the order where he has least chance to score runs. And then, even when there is a vacancy at the top of the order, does he get promoted? It would seem not.

    Very puzzling and even to my English eyes, very sad. What a tragic waste of a potentially remarkable talent.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    My team will be : 1. GG 2. Vijay 3. pujara 4.kohli 5. Rahane. 6 Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10.Varun Aron 11. Shami

    12. Pankaj sharma

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Not sure how Jadeja can be accommodated in the team, when we had a genuine left arm spinner in Akshar who can bat very well also. He would have been more effective than Jadeja and even Ashvin who cant spin it.

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 5, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    So my India XI would be

    1. Vijay 2.Gambhir 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Jadeja 7. Dhoni (wk-capt) 8.Kumar 9. Ashwin 10. Singh 11. Aaron

  • POSTED BY henchart on | August 5, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    To put it simply,MSD wont play Gambhir alongside 5 bowlers.Pujara would be asked to open the innings. Rohit will get one more chance to self destruct his wkt and Ashwin will play with Jadeja,Shami,Kumar and Varun/Pankaj.If MSD loses the toss and is asked to bowl he would be unlucky.If he wins the toss and opts to bowl,he would be foolhardy and failing to claim the rubber which anyways would be decided at Oval only.

  • POSTED BY pollachiprakash on | August 5, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    kohli is yet to hit a fifty in this series he is not a better batsman then dhawan both are equal batsman .

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | August 5, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Opening with Pujara just to keep Gambhir out seems interesting. You should open with Rohit Sharma who is your opener in other two formats. Jadeja is not going to be dropped so that he and Anderson can have another memorable time together. Retaining Shami and dropping poor Pankaj Singh doesn't sound fair though.

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 5, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    @Rajeshj: I agree. India ought to prepare for an attack that would consist of Anderson, Broad, Woakes and Finn. Ali will continue to be a part-time bowler, though he was the match-winner at Southampton and is the best spinner in the England XI now.

    The pitch is also likely to favor bounce. So, it would make sense to give Singh another chance and drop Shami instead. On the batting side, they can shuffle around the order of Pujara, Kohli and Rahane but not take any of them to the opening spot. It would be best to simply replace Dhawan with Gambhir instead. And on the bowling side, get rid of the extra batsman Sharma and replace him with Ashwin. Which means Jadeja will get a reprieve this time.

  • POSTED BY cricfanSSP on | August 5, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Rohit should be asked to open the innings along with vijay and dhawan to play at 6 might help indians to post big scores with his aggression.. ashwin should replace jadeja..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 5, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    In the place of pankaj Singh rp Singh should be played

  • POSTED BY baji003 on | August 5, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Bowlers must steel the show., if you have to draw the match., Pandey,Pankaj, Shami, Varun., Spinners., Ashwin & Jadeaja., Drop Dhavan & bring gambir., No rohith no binny.,

  • POSTED BY Rajcrick1707 on | August 5, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Keeping Mohammed Shami in a team will be a mistake. Rohit Sharma & Dhawan also should be dropped. Pujara can open and Gautam can play second down. Selctor should have send yadav to replace Ishant.

  • POSTED BY nithinadoor on | August 5, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    What about Ishwar Pandey?,he has got a better first class record than Aaron and also he has done well in warm up matches overseas and other A team tours he is also taller than Aaron.Not even hearing about him bowling in nets.

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | August 5, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Rohit has been given enough chances, 2 Test in SA and 2 Test in NZ , stil does not perform. I really dont understand the team's logic of backing him. He is not cut for this level of cricket, it would be better to make his way for an upcoming batsmen.It could be B Aparajith, K Nair, K Jadhav or M Tiwary, heck there are so many talented people in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY rising_phoenix on | August 5, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I think India really needs to persist with Umesh and Aaron longer before giving up on them. And together, they might perform better as they did for Delhi in IPL.

    As for batsmen, I can't see Rohit ever scoring a century at 6. So it's a waste of a space in the team. Jadeja or Ashwin are as likely to score runs that Rohit can be expected to do. With Bhuvi and Ishant injured, India doesn't have a lot of options, otherwise I think it's better to have 4 specialist fast bowlers than bring back Ashwin....

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Why not drop Shami and bring in Ishwar Pandey instead? Ashwin in for Dhawan and Aaron in for Pankaj seem to be a right combination

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Pankaj Singh imo deserves one more chance. Poor unlucky work horse.

  • POSTED BY bhushanB on | August 5, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    If Binny can be dropped after a match saving effort, if they are thinking about dropping Pankaj.. then they will have to definitely drop Rohit sharma as well. At least Pankaj bowled his heart out and it is the fielders that failed him.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Pankaj deserves another chance. If Varun plays he should play in place of Shami who is badly in need of some rest.

  • POSTED BY cricket_lover1 on | August 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    if Bhuvi is fit ..Shami should be rested and bring back Ishwar and Aaron should be back for Pankaj. if Bhuvi is not fit then Shami + Ishawar + Aaron should be the three fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    ashwin could be tried as a opener... gamble worth taking....

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | August 5, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    If Dhawan is out Rohit should open. His experience in opening in ODI will help. Asking Pujara to open will put pressure on Pujara, who is yet to get a big score. Pankaj is unlucky to go wicketless. He bowled well. Why drop him? Good news that Bhuvi is fit. OT is good for fast bowlers and spinners. Adding Ashwin will strengthen the bowling.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    play gg for davan. ash for jaddu. Aron for shami

  • POSTED BY AayushVarma18 on | August 5, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    India cannot drop Dhawan. Even though he has had failures, he seemed quite instrumental in the second innings at Southampton. Also, Jadeja must be rested to bring back Ashwin. India may be the first team on Earth to drop an all-rounder who is No.3 on the ICC All-rounders ranking (TEST). My team will be:

    1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rahane 6. Naman Ojha 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Ishant/Aaron

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Dont know how to react to Ashwin's selection but removing Dhawan is good idea

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Nice that Ashwin is likely in the eleven......Gambhir is not in touch in the nets....thats strange. if india doesnot go with opener...rahane must open with vijay instead of pujara.i would like to see struggling kohli at number 5. rohit in 4 might work good. XI: Vijay,Rahane, pujara, Rohit, kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi/Shami, Aaron,Pankaj......if rohit fails again...replace with ojha in the final test.Hope Ishant and bhuvi get fit for the final test.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    hope gambhir gets atleast 1 chance before coning to a conclusion...afterall he had been part of the team for a very long time..if they can give 6 chances to dhawan then gambhir deserves atleast 2.

  • POSTED BY Absolutelycricket on | August 5, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    dhawan should get another chance as he must have learned something by now, it will be fresh start for gambhir and would be waste of opportunity he need to comeback in home series. Ashwin in place of Sharma is better option as he can bat too if pitch is turning then both jadeja and ashwin will play big role when our fast bowlers are struggling

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Its not a bad idea to drop rohit and retain jadeja ... at least we get an extra spinner then and rohit has hardly played an innings of note in overseas tests.. good to see ashwin and gambhir getting a look in.. dhawan needs to get his off side play sorted before he can succeed overseas and he has the time to do it... Aaron can surely be given a chance since he offers some genuine pace

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Very Good Signs From the practise sessions of India...Now it seems Mahi is getting the best combination...Maybe he is listening to Ganguly as Dada advised to opt for Aaron as Old Trandford is the fastest wicket of England.. India is surely gonna hit back..Arun Bose would be a happy person now..My dream eleven will be... Vijay,Rohit/Gambhir/Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Ashwin,Jadeja,M.Shami,Bhuvi,Pankaj Singh/Aaron

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | August 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    India's approach appears to be erratic and quite confused. Rather than preparing for the seamers, it defies logic that Pujara and Kohli were practicing the sweep shot extensively.. And making Pujara open the innings is going to terribly backfire.. It would be best to chop Jadeja/Rohit and include Gambhir instead.. If Gambhir and Ashwin are going to play in the fourth test, it would be the toughest task in their career.. Ashwin is going to play his first test in almost 9 months and hasn't played any cricket after IPL.. the situation appears more like that of Boyd Rankin in the recent Ashes.. one failure could even curtain their careers in an unjust way..

  • POSTED BY WillDuff on | August 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar made an interesting point in the commentary about how the Indian slip fielders were standing with their hands on their knees. So when the balls came towards them their hands weren't in position to catch it.

  • POSTED BY MaheshVenkat on | August 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Very interesting. Can't believe that Indian batsmen are practicing handling spin for an overseas test in England!! That too employing the sweep tactic like the English:)

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Why make Pujara an opener when there is Rahane who has opened before? I think Shami is carrying the bowling down and if Ishant comes back he should be dropped. HOpefully Aaron does well

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  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Why make Pujara an opener when there is Rahane who has opened before? I think Shami is carrying the bowling down and if Ishant comes back he should be dropped. HOpefully Aaron does well

  • POSTED BY MaheshVenkat on | August 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Very interesting. Can't believe that Indian batsmen are practicing handling spin for an overseas test in England!! That too employing the sweep tactic like the English:)

  • POSTED BY WillDuff on | August 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar made an interesting point in the commentary about how the Indian slip fielders were standing with their hands on their knees. So when the balls came towards them their hands weren't in position to catch it.

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | August 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    India's approach appears to be erratic and quite confused. Rather than preparing for the seamers, it defies logic that Pujara and Kohli were practicing the sweep shot extensively.. And making Pujara open the innings is going to terribly backfire.. It would be best to chop Jadeja/Rohit and include Gambhir instead.. If Gambhir and Ashwin are going to play in the fourth test, it would be the toughest task in their career.. Ashwin is going to play his first test in almost 9 months and hasn't played any cricket after IPL.. the situation appears more like that of Boyd Rankin in the recent Ashes.. one failure could even curtain their careers in an unjust way..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Very Good Signs From the practise sessions of India...Now it seems Mahi is getting the best combination...Maybe he is listening to Ganguly as Dada advised to opt for Aaron as Old Trandford is the fastest wicket of England.. India is surely gonna hit back..Arun Bose would be a happy person now..My dream eleven will be... Vijay,Rohit/Gambhir/Dhawan,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Ashwin,Jadeja,M.Shami,Bhuvi,Pankaj Singh/Aaron

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Its not a bad idea to drop rohit and retain jadeja ... at least we get an extra spinner then and rohit has hardly played an innings of note in overseas tests.. good to see ashwin and gambhir getting a look in.. dhawan needs to get his off side play sorted before he can succeed overseas and he has the time to do it... Aaron can surely be given a chance since he offers some genuine pace

  • POSTED BY Absolutelycricket on | August 5, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    dhawan should get another chance as he must have learned something by now, it will be fresh start for gambhir and would be waste of opportunity he need to comeback in home series. Ashwin in place of Sharma is better option as he can bat too if pitch is turning then both jadeja and ashwin will play big role when our fast bowlers are struggling

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    hope gambhir gets atleast 1 chance before coning to a conclusion...afterall he had been part of the team for a very long time..if they can give 6 chances to dhawan then gambhir deserves atleast 2.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Nice that Ashwin is likely in the eleven......Gambhir is not in touch in the nets....thats strange. if india doesnot go with opener...rahane must open with vijay instead of pujara.i would like to see struggling kohli at number 5. rohit in 4 might work good. XI: Vijay,Rahane, pujara, Rohit, kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi/Shami, Aaron,Pankaj......if rohit fails again...replace with ojha in the final test.Hope Ishant and bhuvi get fit for the final test.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Dont know how to react to Ashwin's selection but removing Dhawan is good idea