India in England 2014 August 13, 2014

Ishant a chance to play at The Oval

After being ruled out of the last two Tests with a leg injury, India's premier seamer could return in place of Pankaj Singh, while Gautam Gambhir looks set to keep the opening slot at The Oval
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MS Dhoni's joke after losing at Old Trafford that India got two extra days off might not have gone down well with some fans, but the players have managed to fit in a lot of action in the time off.

Some have seen Manchester United play, some Chelsea, and there has also been a long paintball event. When they took the field two days before the Test, Dhoni was missing. In his absence, Duncan Fletcher and Virat Kohli addressed the huddle, and India even played a different sport to warm up. Dhoni has always been dead set on football, but on Thursday, they played a version of handball with white cricket balls.

Dhoni's absence raised a few doubts about his availability for the final Test - he has been taking blows on the body through the series - but it turned out he took leave from training to go for a shooting session at a firing range. That Naman Ojha hardly got any batting practice means Dhoni should be fit to play.

Another person whose fitness India can be optimistic about is Ishant Sharma. The seamer missed two Tests to a "leg injury", which the Indian management will not elaborate on, but from towards the end of the Old Trafford Test, Ishant has been gradually increasing his bowling load. Tuesday was a day off for the team, but on Wednesday Ishant came to The Oval and bowled at full pelt for about half an hour, and how he wakes up after this bowling load might decide whether he will play on Friday. Ishant was Man of the Match in India's win at Lord's, and the bowling has not quite looked the same after his injury. If he plays, he should replace Pankaj Singh.

Gautam Gambhir, who struggled on his comeback at Old Trafford, seems set to get another chance. The batsman spent a long time in the nets, working hard with Trevor Penney who gave him throw-downs. The two seemed to be discussing the outside edge, and how to avoid it. India are yet to enjoy a 50-run opening stand in eight Tests since they left home for South Africa late last year, but they are not too keen to change the combination again.

Shikhar Dhawan, the opener who was dropped for Gambhir, and Rohit Sharma, who has played only in Southampton, hardly got a bat in the nets. This could point to India continuing with five specialist batsmen followed by Dhoni and allrounders.

One of the allrounders could change, though. In an interesting twist, India gave Stuart Binny a long hit at the start of the training session, alongside R Ashwin, which could mean a swap with Ravindra Jadeja, but the session was not as organised as India's earlier ones.

Binny for Jadeja might just be an option India want to keep open. Jadeja and the opening slot are two big concerns for India. Even though Jadeja played a big part in India's win at Lord's, his batting is low percentage, and his bowling mostly one-dimensional. He was not present for the slip-catching practice at the end of the session. Only M Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane took catches there. India's fans will hope that just two slips is not a sign of things to come.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 15, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @winner2008 it's a really brave selection horses for courses kind of..ojha for gambhir. good looking team and formation. .including ashwin, rahane, bhuvi at the top will surely work as they are better players of moving ball at present.. These changes are seen only on paper under Dhoni s captaincy it ll be a defensive tactics ..

  • winner2008 on August 15, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    If I were the Indian Captain, I would have taken some risk at this point. My team would be( in the batting order)

    M Vijay, A Rahane, G Gambhir, B Kumar, C Pujara, MS Dhoni, V Kohli, M Shami, I Pandey, I Sharma, V Aron

    Yes, 5 pace bowlers, attack them! Why should we select spinners as they are not taking wickets..for some 40 odd runs??

    Someone need to advise dhoni to show some courage..atleast 4 fast bowlers!

  • on August 15, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma shud get a chance instead of gambhir... because rohit can open the batting n also gives an assurance to bowl nd take wickets lyk he did in Southampton .. Ishant rightly deserves if hes in perfect in d nets ..since its a crucial match n india need to get all their combinations right.

  • on August 15, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Gambhir does not look the part. A bold move is to play Rohit at opening with Vijay, Rahane at 3, Ashwin at 6, Jadeja at 8, Aaron, BK and IS as the seamers. But yes, Ashwin at 6, I have been saying this since the Australia 4-0 tour, overseas he is a better batsman than bowler.

  • on August 14, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    my expected team should be as vijay, ashwin, pujara, rahane, kohli, ojha, Dhoni, bhuvi, shami/ishanth, Aaron, pandey..ideal and strong looking team on field for series leveller..

  • on August 14, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    as per Dhoni s mentality tomorrow s team would be- dhawan, vijay, pujara, kohli, rahane, binny, Dhoni, ashwin, bhuvi, Aaron, ishanth. .just expect these players as per previous matches analogy.. Dhoni never changes!!

  • Nampally on August 14, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @vrkp: I like your suggested XI except for Binny. India could go with extra Bowler or Batsman instead of Binny, who may be OK for ODI's but not for Tests. If there is an all rounder in the side he has to be reliable to produce. Kumar is that sort of pace bowling all rounder & Ashwin is the spin bowling all rounder. A "specialist" Bowler will give India good chance to get 20 wkts. because India need to go for a win. Ojha is coming with the confidence of some Big score in Australia. "Confidence" is missing in this team after 2 Bad Losses. Ojha's aggressive batting brings that. He also opened the innings in IPL with high degree of success. I appreciated Ashwin's technique as a batsman. He was an opening batsman once. Unfortunately the Indian selectors missed out selecting proper openers- instead of proven failed openers like Gambhir. Restoring Dhawan to open is other alternative but NOT Gambhir. Putting Ojha or Ashwin to open opens new unexplored avenues- better than 8 for 4 wkts!

  • mahi_b on August 14, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Binny should be in for Jadeja. My playing XI: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli/Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, binny, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Ishant, Shami/pandey

  • on August 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    My line up for Oval: Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Aron, Stuart Binny/Pankaj Singh.

  • on August 14, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Agree with @Nampally @vrkp that Ashwin should bat up the order. But not as an opener. With his high backlift he will be a sitting duck against the moving ball. He is more suited at no.5 or no.6, ala VVS. The right opener or 1 drop now could be Ajinkya Rahane who has been in form. He can come 1 drop with Chetheshwar Pujara dropping to 4 and Kohli to 5 and Ashwin at 6. Gambhir should be dropped and Dhawan should play. At least with him, there are better chances of success.

  • on August 15, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @winner2008 it's a really brave selection horses for courses kind of..ojha for gambhir. good looking team and formation. .including ashwin, rahane, bhuvi at the top will surely work as they are better players of moving ball at present.. These changes are seen only on paper under Dhoni s captaincy it ll be a defensive tactics ..

  • winner2008 on August 15, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    If I were the Indian Captain, I would have taken some risk at this point. My team would be( in the batting order)

    M Vijay, A Rahane, G Gambhir, B Kumar, C Pujara, MS Dhoni, V Kohli, M Shami, I Pandey, I Sharma, V Aron

    Yes, 5 pace bowlers, attack them! Why should we select spinners as they are not taking wickets..for some 40 odd runs??

    Someone need to advise dhoni to show some courage..atleast 4 fast bowlers!

  • on August 15, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma shud get a chance instead of gambhir... because rohit can open the batting n also gives an assurance to bowl nd take wickets lyk he did in Southampton .. Ishant rightly deserves if hes in perfect in d nets ..since its a crucial match n india need to get all their combinations right.

  • on August 15, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Gambhir does not look the part. A bold move is to play Rohit at opening with Vijay, Rahane at 3, Ashwin at 6, Jadeja at 8, Aaron, BK and IS as the seamers. But yes, Ashwin at 6, I have been saying this since the Australia 4-0 tour, overseas he is a better batsman than bowler.

  • on August 14, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    my expected team should be as vijay, ashwin, pujara, rahane, kohli, ojha, Dhoni, bhuvi, shami/ishanth, Aaron, pandey..ideal and strong looking team on field for series leveller..

  • on August 14, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    as per Dhoni s mentality tomorrow s team would be- dhawan, vijay, pujara, kohli, rahane, binny, Dhoni, ashwin, bhuvi, Aaron, ishanth. .just expect these players as per previous matches analogy.. Dhoni never changes!!

  • Nampally on August 14, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @vrkp: I like your suggested XI except for Binny. India could go with extra Bowler or Batsman instead of Binny, who may be OK for ODI's but not for Tests. If there is an all rounder in the side he has to be reliable to produce. Kumar is that sort of pace bowling all rounder & Ashwin is the spin bowling all rounder. A "specialist" Bowler will give India good chance to get 20 wkts. because India need to go for a win. Ojha is coming with the confidence of some Big score in Australia. "Confidence" is missing in this team after 2 Bad Losses. Ojha's aggressive batting brings that. He also opened the innings in IPL with high degree of success. I appreciated Ashwin's technique as a batsman. He was an opening batsman once. Unfortunately the Indian selectors missed out selecting proper openers- instead of proven failed openers like Gambhir. Restoring Dhawan to open is other alternative but NOT Gambhir. Putting Ojha or Ashwin to open opens new unexplored avenues- better than 8 for 4 wkts!

  • mahi_b on August 14, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Binny should be in for Jadeja. My playing XI: Gambhir, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli/Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, binny, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Ishant, Shami/pandey

  • on August 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    My line up for Oval: Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Aron, Stuart Binny/Pankaj Singh.

  • on August 14, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Agree with @Nampally @vrkp that Ashwin should bat up the order. But not as an opener. With his high backlift he will be a sitting duck against the moving ball. He is more suited at no.5 or no.6, ala VVS. The right opener or 1 drop now could be Ajinkya Rahane who has been in form. He can come 1 drop with Chetheshwar Pujara dropping to 4 and Kohli to 5 and Ashwin at 6. Gambhir should be dropped and Dhawan should play. At least with him, there are better chances of success.

  • on August 14, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    in the long run this team s not going to win tests overseas ... we need Aaron/ umesh yadav/ ishant and bhuvi forming a 4 man pace attack with ashwin as the lone spinner and no.7 ... we seriously don't need jadeja since he s not test material... at the top we badly need pujara and kohli to step up... gambhir is not going to survive after this series for sure; so dhawan will come back for the next series... why are the selectors neglecting kedar jadhav? he played some brilliant innings in the first class games against Aus A and was the leading scorer in ranji 2014 ...

  • adv_nishanth on August 14, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Stuart Binny replacing Jadeja? This is completely insane. Rohit Sharma should replace Jadeja. Is he being made to sit out after one test match for the reckless shot he played to Moeen Ali in the 1st Innings? Isn't poking at deliveries outside off stump an even more reckless shot in test cricket?

    India should also look at changing the batting order. Going by form, Rahane should bat at #3. I feel Pujara & Kohli will bat a lot better if there are runs on board when they walk to the crease.

    My XI for tomorrow

    1) Vijay 2) Gambhir 3) Rahane 4) Pujara 5) Rohit 6) Kohli 7) Dhoni 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Aaron 11) Ishanth

  • ItHappensOnlyInIndia on August 14, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    BCCI ensured that the nightmares of current England tour leave no marks on our memory. WI will be touring India in October/Nov for 3 Test and 5 ODIs. Great job. We will have the opportunity to hail our heroes again.

  • rkannancrown on August 14, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    India have an opening issue but it is not the real problem. Pujara has failed in two innings but otherwise has got in, played for some time & then got out. The new ball has not been his real undoing. He began the series well but lost his way later. So Gambhir, with a good overall record, deserves one more chance under the circumstances. Kohli has not got runs and the choice to replace him would be Rohit or Naman Oza.It seems unfair to blood Oza under such circumstances but Rohit looks even less promising.Binny for Jadeja should be dictated by the team strategy & pitch conditions. Essentially, both do not derve the place in the squad but neither Ishwar Pandey, who is yet to be tested, nor Shami look better.Essentially, the Indian team have few options and much will depend on Vijay, Dhoni & Ashwin for the batting and the trio of Bhuvi, Ishaant & Ashwin when bowling.

  • Rally_Windies on August 14, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Inshant back in .... drop Jadeja or Arshwin (2 alrounders is dumb , it weakens your bowling too much)

    "rest" Kholi for Sharma .....

    why is Gambhir here? let Dahwan back in ....

    Dahwan failing , is the same as Gambhir doing well ..

  • A.Ak on August 14, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Middler order is the key. I know its impossible to replace Dravid and Sacin, but Kholi and Pujara need score some runs. Their lack of runs really hurts the team.

  • Nampally on August 14, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    @rk_Ks: You call my suggestion of Ashwin or Ojha opening the innings for India in absence of other suitable opener "The biggest disaster". I would say India falling 8 runs for 4 wkts. is a bigger disaster since all 4 were the "cream" of Indian batting! I would be most interested in your suggestion for an alternate openers to partner Vijay knowing that both Dhawan & Ganbhir are sitting Ducks. I can predict Dhoni's approach right Now- He will go with Gambhir to open the innings again! It is these kind of clueless XI selection which resulted in India losing every overseas series since 2011.

  • LondonRaj on August 14, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    My team for the final test would be Vijay, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aron and Ishant

  • vrkp on August 14, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I have been saying this for very long time that Ravi Ashwin should be seen as a opener+spin all rounder similar to another Ravi (Shastri). Ashwin has very good technique as a batsman and can play pacers very well. In test matches, he will not be under pressure to score fast as a opener.

    We also need to drop Kohli for the final test just to give him some space for thinking and come back stronger.

    My XI will be:

    Ashwin, Vijay, Pujara, Ojha, Rahane, MSD, Binny, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishant, Aaron.

    You have 3 pacers, 1 spinner, 1 medium pacer + Vijay/Pujara can bowl as well. With Ojha in the team, even MSD can try his luck with his bowling.

    Ojha and Binny are not going to do anything worse than what Kohli, Rohit and Jadeja achieved so far in batting.

    Dhoni has to think out of box to win the match and draw the series otherwise he should be dropped from the tests with immediate effect.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 14, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    For those advocating the changes to the order , you can restructure the order as much as you want, but all you do is move guys that are lower down the order to the top and expose them to moving ball. It also doesn't help if you are 3 or 4 wickets down for less than 50, as the ball is still likely to be swinging.

    I also question Dhoni's wisdom going on a shooting trip rather than training, even if it was a sponsor event he should have put the team first.

  • on August 14, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    The thing that is a major concern right now is failure of the middle order. Both Kohli and Pujara have failed miserable the former more than the latter. So when Dhoni steps in he's batting with Jaddu and before anything productive starts Jaddu gets out. So when Dhoni gets started he is already playing with the tailenders. And the thing about him batting with the tail is that he is not handling it well. He's no Laxman. He begins to start attacking every bowler with the feeling that he might as well make some before wickets start falling on the other end. He's been the only batsman who's looked consistent throughout the series and it is important for India that he gets to play with regular batsman. So I feel him playing ahead of Pujara would be a good move. Only for the final test that is. He could retain the same line-up for the forthcoming series.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 14, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    India's bowling let the teams moral down in the second innings. If there were one more bowler to support Aaron and Bhuvi, the England may not get that much lead and India may not panic in the 2nd inngs. Ishant, Aaron, Bhuvi and Panday/Shami will be enough. As long as Aswin and Bhuvi batting well, no need to add another all rounder.

  • crazycricfan007 on August 14, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Batting is real problem and not bowling. If we score runs (looks very difficult with top order defensive mode tactics), everything will fall in its place. Pujara, Kohli, Gambhir and Rahane should try their best and once in should score big to make an impact. We dont wat mere 20s-30s. we need 150s and 200s.

  • on August 14, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    I am a optimistic person and I believe that Dhoni is still best leader we have. We do not want to put more pressure on Kohli , Rahane or Ashwin . So no change of guard for some time at least till world cup unless Dhoni himself refuses. In Oval I think india should play woth Rohit sharma at the place of Jadeja. And I agree that Rahane should play at third position so pujara and kohli will get a slightly older ball. If ishant is fit then he should come at place of Pankaj . Dhawan or Gambhir any one can do but I think Dhawan is better than Gambhir. play with a positive intent and hope for the best. If broad is not there then there is still chance that Anderson get worn out. Make sure that Moin ali should not get any wicket. Frustrate them and then allow kohli , pujara and rohit to blast. India will surely win. Jay ho.

  • on August 14, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    My TeamXI is Dhawan,Vijay,Pujara,Rahane,Gambhir,Dhoni,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Ishant,Shami,Aaron

    My view is this team in this Batting order and Fast bowling department will do a lot better

  • RandomTalk on August 14, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Here we go again. If what I'm reading in this article is what's on the cards for the team selection, it is a classic Dhoni 'let's sit with our hands under our bums and see what happens' response to what was ultimately, a thrashing in Old Trafford.

    Recall Binny? Are you serious? Play Jadeja are you insane? Persist with Gambhir? This is getting crazier.

    Dhawan should certainly play, if not, Naman Ojha in his place. He's fresh from a very good series down under. Rahane should be moved up the order, perhaps No 3, to relieve the pressure on Pujara and Kohli. Rohit should come into the side in place of Jadeja. Under any condition, he's a far better batsman, and dare I say, is not a one dimensional bowler.

    If Ishant is fit, he should certainly play. Though I will despair that he will take the place of Pankaj Singh, my warhorse, my hero!

  • Alberteinstien on August 14, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    IN MY OPINION ashwin should open because India need good start and gambhir should bat at No.3 pujara at no.4.Pujara should be protected from New ball.Remove virat and play naman ojha at five,Rahane at six,Dhoni at Seven,Bhuvi,Ishwar,ishant and varun to follow.Spinner will not have any role in the last test.

  • Alberteinstien on August 14, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    My team ashwin,Vijay,Pujara,Ojha,Rahane,Rohit,dhoni,bhuvi,ishwar,ishant,Varun.No more luggages in the team(kohli

  • on August 14, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @SexyDream : You want one of only two batsmen in form this series, Vijay (the other being Rahane) to be left out because you are a Dhoni basher. Grow up man... Agreed - MSD is underperforming both as captain and wk - who will be the captain now - Kohli? he is struggling to get a decent score - or do you want to bestow captaincy to Rahane or Vijay based on the first 2 Tests or Ashwin based on the last test.

    Criticize his leadership - don't banish MSD and his so called team altogether - At least Ashwin is a far better batsmen than many of the players in the team you'd suggested & can play purely as a batsman. Vijay is in form. The only person I can think of dropping from your hatred list is Jadeja.

    The way things are, don't be surprised & mark my words, Dhoni will hang up from Tests very soon as he has expressed his dislike for Tests and the format so many times and probably BCCI is only holding him back from retiring from Test cricket due to lack of captaincy options - he is still ok

  • ramli on August 14, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Win toss, bat first, put up a very good 1st innings score, take lead, bat fast in 2nd innings, choke Eng, draw the series ... what better template is needed - Go India Go!!! Who cares what the team composition is? India will win!!!

  • Presynaras on August 14, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    If Stuart Binny is playing, then he has to share the new ball with Bhuvi. That is the only period where we can expect something from Binny. Ishant and Aaron have always been used as the third seamer when they had played, so it would not be a big issue for them to use a 10 over old ball. Give a 5 over spell at the top for Binny and then continue with your three premier seamers. Use Ashwin, Vijay once the ball gets old. They might think of replacing Kohli with Rohit, as Rohit looked good while he lasted, before he threw away his wkt. Kohli on the other hand has just genuine issue with the swinging ball. A break would do wonders for him and allow him to come back a lot more confident batsman. He is a walking wkt now. My XI would be Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Rohit, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Aaron.

  • on August 14, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    The selection of the playing squad is indeed very very difficult from the band available for the captain. We do not have a world class spinner who can perform well outside the continent. All other countries have better spinners, See how Moin Ali has performed whom nobody claims as world class. May be more than his quality it may be Indians are no longer masters of spin and anybody can get them out. It looks like it may be better to have eight batsmen some of whom can do spin bowling also and three fast bowlers. Binny is totally unsuitable for tests

  • ramli on August 14, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @Kalyan Budhavarti ... test matches are not won by captains alone ... they cannot do magic ... it takes team effort ... and you have to fight to win with what resources you have ... MSD ranks 3rd among run-scorers in this series so far ... that itself should say many things about the top order we have ... if India can rally with its batting, a win is still a possibility in Oval test

  • on August 14, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Few things for saving test series & Great MSD... We need to drop Sir Jadeja from Test, we want performance more than heroics. He is a great player for ODIs & T20s. Dhoni should leave his keeping, guide the Samson, Saha/Ojha, because they are the successor of Dhoni, surely they can learn so much from Dhoni. * Last but not least, celebrate each & every time we get a wicket. If you see Indian way of celebrating just ends in 10seconds, where as Australia, England & South Africa celebrates minimum 1minute, by hugging, cheering & pampering. Just as an example if Gambir takes a catch Dhoni just show his palm down Gambhir without looking at him he too touches hands, but Clarke & Watson had differences, however when they playing, if Watson takes catches or wicket in bowling, Clarke jumps, shout, hugs & plays through his hair…it makes lot of difference seriously.

  • on August 14, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    My team would be Vijay Rahane Pujara Kohli Rohit Dhoni Ashwin Jadeja Ishant Bhuvi Shami/Aaron This will ensure we have the best batmen and bowlers in the squad playing though we can't help with the captain/keeper.

  • here2rock on August 14, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Another loss on the cards. It does not matter to Dhoni, they can finish the test early for getting right for the ODIs.

  • ramli on August 14, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @MSDGREATCAPTAIN ... that takes a beating your team ... 7 bowlers incl 3 so-called all-rounders ... seems to be more punishing batsmen than contesting ... truly imaginative

  • india_rulzz on August 14, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @RajSma you missed a wicket-keeper. Surely you dont want Jinx to keep as well.

    My Team would be. Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Jinx, Kohli, Binny, Ashwin, Dhoni, Ishant, Kumar and Aaron

  • Raman.UV on August 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    6 Batsmen strategy has worked pretty well for India in last decade or so. and when our batsmen are not performing well why can v go with 6 batsmen. If 5th bowlers is playing, Dhoni hardly using his as we had seen in many matches, Unable to understand the logic behind that from Dhoni. Better go with Rohit rather than JAdeja cos we have no other option than Rohit for now. If Rohit clicks than he can b very dangerous player which he hardly does. But Dhoni as a Test Captain is a complete failure for India...

  • YorkshirePudding on August 14, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @vigneshmurali, I would disagree, the purpose of the leg slip is for the short ball that comes off the blade as the batsman defends the short ball, or the uppish leg glance/sweep shot from a medium pace/spinner. With Ishant Sharma probably back a leg slip will come into play as it did at lords especially if he bowls the short ball as well as at lords,

  • SMHANYG on August 14, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    y to blame dhoni or coach.first coach cant play on field he can just show them what to do.dhoni is batting alright his leadership IN TEST IS POOR.india should have stable 11 players first ,not like one match binny second match rohit ,third match ashwin this will not win matches this will lower confidence of team.slip fielding is poor , kohli ,pujara must be more responsible and should bat better.england also have relativ e new players root,ballance,moeen,jordan,robsamson ,and india is lossing cant imagine

  • vigneshmurali on August 14, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    dhoni should stop putting a leg slip ,i feel there is no use of that leg slip as nicks dont go to him .this is not india where the batsmen sweeps and ends up getting caught at leg slip because of a top edge.and indian batsmen struggled putting bat to ball when england seamers were operating but however when indian bowlers were bowling that track could easily been mistaken for some srilankan dustbowl.itls 2011 all over again but just with different players.india really need to win the next one and sqaure the series or indian fans like me are seriously going to have doubt to follow our national team on overses tours.we cant take any more heart breaks guys.win this one for all your fans

  • RajSma on August 14, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    If India want to win this match,they must have to change their Batting order.Both Gambhir & Kohli are struggling against swinging deliveries.So,I'd make3 Rahane to open with vj, and Pujara ,Gambhir & Kohli @ 3, 4, & 5 respectively.This would mean a better stability at the top with Jinx & vj. My Team would be : VJ,Jinx,Pujara,Gambhir,Kohli,Binny,Ashwin,Kumar,Ishant,Aaron,Pankaj.

  • on August 14, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    You don't play one of your best batsman in the squad, Rohit. You play Jadeja who does not even deserve to be in the squad, let alone in the team. The countrys best spinner is sitting at home and watching all this on telly as he is not even in the squad. Your primary off spinner is more of a batsman than a bowler. Biggest of all, you have a captain who does not want to win test matches nor considers them important, besides being incompetent in all facets of the game and not deserving a place in the team, let alone captain it.So essentially you are playing 11 people but only 9 players(if you know what I mean). How can you expect results to follow when such fundamental errors are being made?

    I hope someone goes to Dhoni and translates whatever he says during post match presentations and press conference in his mother tongue and explain to him what he actually means when he says such words. Had he cared a bit about the fans, these things would have happened!

  • FAB_ALI on August 14, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    India should try and only focus on first session on day one. If they can do well in that first session, then look to take it forward from there. If we look at the last two tests, they had lost the game in that first session only and could never comeback. By the end of day one, they were gone completely. If they can do well in that first session, they will get the belief and try to be in an even position on day one, they have a chance. Otherwise the same story will be repeated again, no doubts!!!!

  • MSDGREATCAPTAIN on August 14, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    My Team for The Oval Test

    1. R Ashwin 2. M Vijay 3. Rohit Sharma 4. Naman Ojha 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. R Jadeja 7. S Binny 8. Bhuvaneshwar 9 Ishwar Pandey 10 Varun Aaron 11. ISHANT SHARMA

    S BINNY WILL LEAD THE TEAM

  • CurrentPresident on August 14, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Isn't it funny when return of Ishant is welcomed by the Indian fans :-) Not much will change until bowlers are bowlers and batsmen are batsmen again. The bit players can save you a match or two, but not win you a series.

  • sammysam on August 14, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Why is India still persisiting with gambhir. MSD must step down from test cricket for India to improve their overseas records. MSD and Jadeja are not test match material. I would back the India A team over this team anyday.

  • on August 14, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I miss Sehwag specially zaheer hoo....

  • on August 14, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    my team-vijay,rahana,pujara,nojha,kohli,dhoni,binny,buvnasvar,aron,ishant,rohit/aswin

  • ningthoujam on August 14, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I really feel its time to sack Fletcher and the fielding coach before saching MSD. Both the coach need to answer why so many catches getting dropped at slips and why Dhoni doesnt dive at all in test matches . This things are costing India more than the batting.

  • sexydream on August 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    MS Dhoni and his supporters must leave from the team and appoint Kholi is the captai of indian team then only india will improve...

  • Indian_Kari_Pakku on August 14, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    For the last test India will go with 4 specialized batsmen, 2 specialized all-rounders, 4 specialized bowlers and Virat Kohli.

  • sexydream on August 14, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Remove MS Dhoni and his supporters like Vijay, Ashwin, Rohit and Jadeja.. Kholi must lead the team

    My Team 1. Shikar Dhawan 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Cheteswar Pujara 4. Virat Kholi 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. Naman Ojha 7. Stuart Binny 8. Bhuvaneswar Kumar 9. Ishant Sharma 10. Varun AAron 11. Ishwar Pandey

    This team will win The Oval Testmatch

  • black_bird on August 14, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Innings victory for india is waiting. Each and every english batsman will fear to face arun. win the series india.

  • koolsid80 on August 14, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Well, though this is as alive a match as you can expect in the series, I see England riding it home. However India can do better if they learn to play Ali and give him a dry match. India's bowling will be better with Ishant coming in place of Pankaj, and India can play a better batsman in Binny (esp of spinners) and he is someone who can also bowl around 10 overs in the day and hope to pick up a wicket (if slips let him do that). I think retaining Gambhir is a good thing. Last test, first innings, no one got in. Gambhir's experience is something which will get India some hope. Also, his grittiness. He is not as flamboyant as Dhawan, but much more stable. His services will also be required in Australia, as Dhawan himself had said that he is not comfortable with bounce.

    It is important for India that Pujara and Kolhi get runs. Thus its imperative that Kolhi gets in after India have batted 30 overs and swing has died down a bit.

    My team: MV, GG, CP, AR, VK, MSD, SB, RA, BK, IS & VA

  • on August 14, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I wonder on what merit were Pankaj Singh and Ishwar Pandey were selected ahead of Umesh Yadav, when neither of them is being considered good enough for a chance at Oval.. Whereas Umesh Yadav would have strengthen this team by miles.. and the same mistake is being repeated in ODIs where Aaron a game changer is going for some unknown names are staying and coming in.. Why would you not start with the best you have and then add some new faces on top of that?

  • Qa_ankit on August 14, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    To be very frank, i am missing anyone like's of Dravid, Sachin, Laxman or Sehwag much. Reason is they all were in 2011 and still it was 4-0. But i m missing Zaheer here. If anyone has noticed then this England team is having 6-7 Left handers batsman. And for Zak, it would have been cherry on merry. Specially with conditions like these. He would have been as good as Anderson has been in this series. I really miss him.

  • sanjaynairdxb on August 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Dhoni and the whole team has to be positive and play without fear and being too defensive,slips to be standing more close,always attacking close in fields,3-4 over spells for fast bowlers,keep rotating bowlers from ends,default third man&forward short leg,batsmen have to keep talking between them after overs.change opening combo as thats the foundation,let kohli play like one days,bhuvi has to come early as he needs to bowl too,keep the presssure even after getting 6-7 wickets.let our batsmen play only wicket to wicket ang legside balls in the early stages.

    Team Vijay,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Ojha,Dhoni,Bhuvneshwar,Ashwin,Shami,Ishant,Aaron

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Team: vijay, gambhir, rahane (at one down), pujara, naman ojha, binny, dhoni, ashwin, bhuvi, aaron, ishant

  • _-Will-_ on August 14, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Regardless of the outcome of the final match, I can only hope that some significant changes are made to the Indian test team & support staff after this series.

    There is a three test series against the West Indies in just a couple of months. This is an ideal scenario for the introduction of a new test captain and coaching staff. And if selectors want to really spoil us, they might wish to name a squad based on nothing more than current form in long format cricket.

    Nothing intended against the West Indies and their fans. Just trying to say that, for India, the series would be an excellent opportunity to make some long needed changes, that we might try to get serious about test cricket.

    For 3+ years till present we have been fed a range of illogical arguments and weak excuses, flavoured with dashes of tasteless comedy.

    Surely this is not the best our nation can produce.

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Why dont they give a chance to raina...he is an excellent fielder and inform batsman...it was the good time to enter him in test cricket.

  • FAB_ALI on August 14, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    Its time to sack Fletcher not Dhoni...India's downfall has started with Duncan Fletcher. He has been completely unable to motivate the players like Kirsten did. Its time India find a new coach really quickly but sadly I don't see that happening until the WC 2015 is over. Its not about lack of technique or skills, Indian batsmen have no motivation to do better, they seem careless with Test cricket and that attitude has to change with new coach. I would suggest Tom Moody.

  • contactmnr on August 14, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    MSD should first replace Jadeja with Binny and Kohli with R.Sharma. My playing 11 M.Vijay,S.dhawan,Pujara,Rahane,MSD*,Kohli/sharma,Ishanth Ashwin,B.kumar,M.shami/Ishanth,V.aron. Jadeja doesn't deserve to be in playing 11.

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    When a series is lost Dhoni should quit captaincy, whereas if a series is won Dhoni is the worlds best captain. Come on people grow up. You should be ashamed of yourself to call an Indian fan or Dhoni fan. The home team always has the advantage be it England or Bangladesh, the only way to test the teams strength is to play at a neutral venue such as UAE or somewhere else where the players have no clue of how the pitch will behave.

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    I am a big fan of rohit sharma. Since we cannot depend upon dhoni in test matches we must have proper number 6 batsman and rohit is very good batsman he can play shot all around the ground and he is very good outside off. Jade a disappointed a lot Stuart bunny should replace jadeja. Stuart binny is very good swing bowler. I am very surprised why dhoni is not giving enough chances to binny. If ishant is fit we don't need more than 4 striking bowler. My choice for 4 bowlers are ishant sharma varun Aron Stuart binny, Bhubaneswar Kumar

  • danieltcardoso on August 14, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Why is Dhoni persisting with sir[sic] JADEJA who is a failure in last 7tests. MS says he needs to give jadeja more chances then on this case Dhoni must step out from the team and pay jadeja .naman should be debutted as Dhoni is not in control of his senses Is jadeja a close Dhoni relative? to deserve so many chances even the bottom 2 test nations wont want Jadeja in theie team and our great captain [sic] says he is ir-replaceable.

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Even though Team India was continues to struggle in Test matches after the world cup victory , I firmly believes that M.S Dhoni is the best captain of team India ever since

    Dhoni is great captain , who is fully confident never affected by tension's ,always stay's cool even while batting under extreme pressure.

    The once & only captain has led team India to Number one raking in both test & T-20 formats for a noticeable period

    Only Indian captain has lead India to Two world cup victories and much, I wish Dhoni all success in his Forthcoming and Ongoing international games

  • on August 14, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Knowing that india does generally well at oval so england need to try their best to win this series. They need a draw at the least to win the series and england has to play oval test very carefully. With broad bit injured, anderson not having great from at oval and the jordan and woakes bowling very ordinary and moin ali cannot be expected to do magic all the time so england has a big task ahead at oval. It is vital for the england batsmen to come good, at least 450 in the first innings is needed, in cricket nothing can be told enough till the game is actually over but 450 in the first innings is the minimum runs needed for england to push for a draw (or win in the oval test).

  • Realistic_cri_fan on August 14, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    First of all India should not play for survival.They are not expressing themselves in the field.Look at the Champions trophy in England last year.All the players enjoyed themselves and the result was shown on the field.What India need to do is get their mind to a happy mood don't worry about the result and just enjoy themselves in the field.If you are known to play aggressive cricket then you don't have to play for survival.

  • on August 14, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Cook manned up and took his guys who failed as soon as India won at lords and brought in players who would save his captaincy. Now England won the last 2 on the trott and are on the way to win the third. Dhoni needs to learn something here, you cant give Kohli 5 chances to perform, It took Dhoni 4 matches just to drop Dhawan and bring Gambhir. It doesn't only hurtDhawan, but Gambhir as well... if Gambhir came in the series a lot earlier then he would have performed and it would save his own spot. If Gambhir doesn't perform this last match then he's out of the team and his career is over. Not to mention it doesn't help Dhawan's average (note he averaged 187 after his first match and now averages 38 after 10). If Dhoni wants to go with Kohli, thats fine but I wouldnt expect him to be captain after another series loss.

  • on August 14, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    My Team Is Look Like Vijay,Ashvin,Pujara,Kohli,Rohit,Rahane,Dhoni,Jadeja,Bhuvi, Ishant,Pandey

  • on August 14, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    @Kapil Sharma to your question "Why does Dhoni get all the blame"... its simple. 2011 he toured England with a side filled with seniors and lost 4-0. 2014 he has come again with a side of youngsters and we are down 2-1. If India lose this series 2-1 or 3-1, I'd say its time to find a new captain. Not saying kick Dhoni out of the test team, he's a great player for us but no longer captain material. Again comparing 2011 to 2014, the only common factor is Dhoni, different players and consistent bad performance keeps happening and there has to be a fix.

    My XI for the last test: Vijay, Gambhir, Pujara, Rahane, Ojah, Rohit/Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishanth, Bhuvi, Shami/Aaron

    Yes I took Kohli out, its time that Dhoni mans up and tells him to sit out. I feel India are already playing with a batsman short without Rohit and Kohli is already a walking wicket.

    Overall, I'd say its funny because at the start of the series Cook's captaincy was at risk but by the end its Dhoni's.

  • on August 14, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    with all due respect to the Dhoni haters, guys wake up and smell the cofee..u guyz want to sack MS, but who wil replace him?..kohli?..he himself is struggling with his batting and seems to be working hard towwards rectifying it. plz realise the fact that kohli is our best batsman right now and why all wants to cloud his mind with the burden of captaincy..we all saw what happend to him in IPL leading RCB.

  • on August 14, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    My Team will be Vijay Ashwin Rahane Dhoni Ashwin Ashwin Ashwin Ashwin Ashwin Ashwin Ishant

  • on August 14, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Rahane should open the innings. We need good starts and someone who can take the shine off the new ball. I would like to see Naman/ Rohit get another chance. Jaddu needs to go, Binny inn as he can bat a bit. Rohit and Vijay can bowl their part time spin.

  • mayuresh11 on August 14, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    my team would be vijay pujara kohli rahane rohit ojha/shah dhoni jadeja bhuvi ishant aron.

    dhoni will be play as all rounder medium pac bowler and batsman ojha/shah would keep

  • mayuresh11 on August 14, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    my team would be vijay pujara kohli rahane rohit ojha/shah dhoni jadeja bhuvi ishant aron.

    dhoni will be play as all rounder medium pac bowler and batsman ojha/shah would keep

  • PrinceTN on August 14, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    India has lost the series in 4th test..i don't see india winning or draw..if they do it will be miracle other than this will be Dhoni's LAST CAPTAIN

    My XI:

    1. vijay 2. rahane 3. pujara 4. binny 5. ashwin 6. dhoni 7. naman 8. bhuvi 9. aaron 10. pandey 11. ishant

  • on August 14, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Those English fans desperately want Dhoni to continue and beat the world record for most away losses as captain but those who is well-wishers of Indian Cricket and MSD wish he be replaced by Kohli. World will be in order then!

  • on August 14, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    wen india win all credit goes 2 dhoni..den y he cant b blamed for losses.....

  • Siva_Bala75 on August 14, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Jadeja's only good innings of this series- at Lords was full of risks and some blind shots. However, if you look at all the pitches in England, Oval is the best for spinners. So, Dhoni may go with Jadeja even though his batting is a big disappointment.

  • on August 14, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    vijay,gambir,rahane,ojha,dhoni,rohith,aswin,bhuvi,ishant,Aaron,pandey

  • on August 14, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Ishant Sharma-India's premier pacer!!!! This shows the standard of our medium pace attack.

  • on August 14, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Why does Dhoni get all the blame?Every Series,where India plays worse cricket,Dhoni bats well for at least 3-4 innings.But his fighting contributions goes unnoticed.A Captain cant do anything if his team mates do not perform.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 14, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    If both Ishant,Aron play @ Oval it will be even more head aches for Dhoni who has already more than enough on his plate.On lightning fast pitch,v fast scoring ground,vs in form Eng lineup having to manage 2 highly wayward quicks is last thing Dhoni needs.

  • kahvas on August 14, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    5 bowlers, Great! Final nail in the coffin. Dhoni wont opt for Ojha and will get Jadeja in the team. We dont need 5 bowlers when batting has failed miserably. What we need is 7 batsman. Since we have one hit wonder-Ishant, Aaron and Bhuvi bowling well, get Binny as the 4th bowler if this is a green pitch or Ashwin if its a spin track.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 14, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    If Ishant and Aron both play @ Oval,it could be even more head aches for Dhoni.On a lightning quick pitch,an in form Eng lineup having 2 wayward quicks to manage will be too much,esp. as Dhoni has too much on plate already.The game could quickly slip out.

  • aravind077 on August 14, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Rohit Sharma must included in playing XI

  • on August 14, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    I have seen defensive mindset always favor the batsmen.. and bent on getting an 11 batsmen team.. none of which will feel any responsibility.. If batsmen do good they will say.. since batting is our strength we should keep more batsmen (and forget about getting 20 wickets and aim for a draw in best case, loss in not the best)

    If batsmen do bad they will say that batting needs insurance so lets keep two extra batsmen.. (bowling would suffer and 20 wickets are a dream and its draw at best or loss)

    Rather if you look at it the other way.. batting spots will be a privilege.. so if you get it you better perform else you wont get another chance.. take only 4 batsmen who if dont perform we are already ok with a score of 90. cuz our bowling options would still be able to get the opposition out for less than 90 and some of our bowlers like A Ravi can bat better than so called batsmen who always go for moon or bust.. and we will still have a chance at winning..

  • Humdingers on August 14, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - You really think this side will beat England in England in the ODI's? Not a chance.

  • Humdingers on August 14, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    Can't see India winning the next match. They just don't have the fight. Best they can do is draw it. Dhoni - needs to go full stop (keep him for ODI's and T-20). Another keeper batsmen is needed. The big question of course is who will/can captain - whoever it is will be better than him. Ghambir - waste of space and the last game should have been his last. Jadega - is an all rounder (if that), he is not a front line spinner. Ashwin could play as an all rounder BUT India desperately need a world class spinner. They need to groom someone now. Batsmen: Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhawan, Vijay: Stick with them. Bowlers: Bhuvi, Aaron need better support. Yadav, Ishant, Shami all need to play the supporting act. But without a a spinner to tie up an end, it's an uphill battle.

  • on August 14, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    All Non performers and irresponsible players should be left out..

    1. M. Vijay 2. C. Pujara 3. A. Rahane 4. MS Dhoni 5. Stuart Binny

    WK. Naman Ojha

    AR1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar S1. R Ashwin

    F3. Ishwar Pandey F2. Ishant Sharma F1. Varun Aaron

  • SaracensBob on August 14, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    As an Eng. fan I find it hard to believe that India followers are calling for Dhoni's head. Yes he chose to bat at Old Trafford when the conditions looked dicey but Cook said he would have batted if he'd won the toss. It was Dhoni who marshalled the recovery after the disaster of losing 4 for just 8 on the board. Yes 150-odd was a poor score for first dig but 200 looked like being the par score for the conditions. India chipped away at Eng's wickets and remained in the game until the Root/Buttler partnership. India's batting on Saturday was appalling. With Sunday certain to be a wash-out they should have tried to hang in. I don't think you can lay the blame entirely at Dhoni's feet for their failure to do so. The top order and Mr Fletcher need to be taking a long, hard look at themselves and consider how they can do better at The Oval.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 14, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Just get this test series over with already. It's too prolonged and nagging to say the least. India's forte is T20s and ODIs where they are much superior to England. However, in test matches, England are always a better team; more so in their home conditions with swing and seam. For India to become competitive overseas, they need three vital ingredients to succeed - 1) Remove Dhoni from the test captaincy 2) Always play with 5 bowlers irrespective of the conditions 3) Start preparing our domestic batsmen to play on green wickets at a very young age so that they don't lose a test match within 1 session.

  • on August 14, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Ravi Jadeja is not cutt for test cricket sorry. he can't grind it, can only slog and his bowling is negative, good for the limited forms.-R Ashwin has a decent technique, maybe its worth giving him a shot at number 6. I would still want Rohit Sharma in the team, maybe instead of Gambhir and get him to open.

  • IndCricFan2013 on August 13, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Before the start of the last lost test, I said Open with Ashwin and play Gambhir in Australia. Before the 2nd innings of the last said again said open with Ashwin. Now again saying what is not going to happen is a waste of time. May be can I ask, if Gambhir or Vijay got out before 50 runs on board, sent Ashwin in or atleast send him in before Kohli, if India lose two wickets quickly. Worst case make him bat before Dhoni at No.6 even if Binny plays. I would think India should pick 4th fast bolwer as Pandey in place of Jaedeja or play Rohit, instead of playing Binny. He had his two chances and he can try his luck in Australia further. My XI: 1) Vijay 2) Ashwin 3) Pujara 4) Kohli 5) Rahahe 6) Rohit 7) Dhoni 8) Bhuvi 9) Ishant 10) Shami 11) Pandey

  • Jaffa79 on August 13, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    India should score runs at the Oval. It is a good, hard true surface and usually yields a lot of runs. If India bat first and bat big then their two spinners have a good chance of hurting England later in the game. I'd play Jadeja and Ashwin with Ishant, Aaron and Kumar. The bottom line is that they need runs on the board and they need Pujara and Kohli to play their part.

  • legfinedeep on August 13, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Any other captain with Dhoni's track record of getting hidings abroad would have been sacked by now.

  • rk_ks on August 13, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    @ Nampally: Ashwin opening the innings. Did you really mean that. Shami might be a better batsmen than Ashwin, then will you open innings with him. Did you see Irfan Pathan. You know what happened to his bowling right. And Gambhir is a walking wicket. Comparing Naman Ojha with Gambhir is funny. Compare both their averages and then you can decide. Naman Ojha current form is against Australia which is whole together separate. It's not in England. I am pretty sure you will say "Dhoni made a bad decision by taking Ojha, if he doesn't click. We Indians never change man. Ashwin opening innings is the biggest disaster of all.

  • SevereCritic on August 13, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Doesn't really matter who plays and who doesn't play. This Indian team has neither the skill nor the temperament of the previous generation. If this is how they perform in England, I shudder to think what will happen down under. I foresee a couple of triple tons from Clarke, that is if Warner allows his skipper enough time to bat after his own triple ton.

  • indianzen on August 13, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    India will bounce back... India will level the series by winning this last test.... Watch out for Ashwin and Vijay who are going to be stars of this test...

  • MrSri on August 13, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Its ok to back up over batsmen based on previous victories. But now the goal is to save the series. we can carry all out of form batsmen and let our country loose the series because we are supporting our batsmen who performed well in past matches. Frankly to carry one or two out of form is ok but now look we have pujara , dhawan/gambhir, kohli , jageda are out of form. carry Pujara and replace others by telling them its to save the test series. They will understand if they are real Indians. Use Ojha , Binny may be Rohit and try to save this series. Loosing the battle is ok but lets atleast fight first.

  • vroom84 on August 13, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    Batting lineup should be: Vijay, Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Dhoni, Binny, Aswhin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Ishant

    Hopefully (against hope) Dhoni sits out. So: Vijay, Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Naman, Binny, Aswhin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Ishant

  • JustIPL on August 13, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Dhoni has to play his role as a full batsmen handing over gloves to Ojha and captaincy to either Ashwin or Bhuvi. Rohit has to come back in. Kohli, Pujara be dropped. So, top order VJ, Nohit, Rahane, Ojha, Dhoni. Lower batting order and tailrounders may be Ashwin, Bhuvi, Jadeja, Aaron, Ishant, I. Pandey. Bhuvi/Jadeja be asked to play aggressive knocks and not get bogged down. The new captain to bring in bowlers for 6 over spells max and have a plan to rotate bowlers. SL are benefiting by having an all-rounder being their captain. It is time to reward Bhuvi who performed so well so far and I guess would be the lone survivor from this trip to england when next time india come to play a test series in UK.

  • whirlaway on August 13, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    So, it looks like the only changes likely to be made are: Binny for Jadeja and I. Sharma for Singh.

    Maybe we need one more change: R. Sharma for Kohli/Pujara. But this is quite unlikely.

  • wolf777 on August 13, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Ashwin as a bowler has not proved himself on overseas tours. He scored 40+ in both innings alright; but, his primary job is to take wickets and he did not appear any sort of threat to batsmen.

  • on August 13, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    The panacea for indifferent performance of India would be removal of Dhoni from captain-ship. The selectors should select players based on present form and preference should be given to younger players and the selection committee should explain the reasons behind selecting a particular player and retention of non performing players. Keeping away some broker ex-cricketers who are working for sponsers and ad-companies and their views should not be taken for selection of any players and removal of any players.

  • Nampally on August 13, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    All the fans have a XI but unfortunately the Final XI is left up to Dhoni's whims. He will bring in his favourite Ishant sharma to replace Pankaj. But will he finally drop Jadeja & bring in Shami ? That will be the right move to give India 4 pace bowlers. Ashwin nailed his place in XI as a batsman after he got scores in 40's in both the innings to match his lifetime Test batting average of 40! I feel Ashwin's footwork is good enough for him to open the innings with Vijay. The alternate candidate should be N.Ojha- the Man who came in as WK to replace injured Saha- based on his a spate of centuries for India A in Australia. Gambhir will be waste of one out of just 6 batsmen. He is an easy & SURE OUT poking at the ball outside the off. Ojha's current Form MUST be utilised if India is serious about Winning this MUST WIN match.This is specially needed when other Indian bats are not clicking. Let Ojha be the X-Factor. This type of shake up is badly needed for team confidence after 2 losses

  • bhushanB on August 13, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    @nursery_ender

    Sorry, I am lost because of the lack of context from your comment.."And some give the same answers whatever the actual question"

    My comment that some will fail repeatedly when posed the same question - is a continuation to my earlier comment, where India is just chasing the ball, trying to attach Moen, then sweep him and he did not even had to bowl in the first innings, now Gambhir practicing outside edges..so this is first part that - TEST cricket does not pose the same questions repeatedly. ofcorse Kohli was found nicking the same way, Jadeja getting lbw same way, or over attacking Moen all the time - these are failures to answer the repeated questions.

    Now if you may take some time and explain "And some give the same answers whatever the actual question" - which my innocous brain failed pick, I will be more than happy to present my side of the story.

  • on August 13, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    My XI: Vijay, Gambeer, Pujara, Kholi, Rahane, Dhoni, Binny, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Aaron.

  • on August 13, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Amazing! in a 5 test match series. India is trying to make changes. What a wonderful Idea (Jadeja will replace Binny / Gambhir will replace someone / Shami might back). Not a professional approach. Why not try KOHLI sit out for Rohit.

  • cricket_lover1 on August 13, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Hope this is Last series for Dhoni as a captain!

  • sheru-sher on August 13, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    When India won the second TEST match .....I got the feeling that they thought they had won the series ... and they would just play for drawn games for the remaining games. .... as winning a Test series albeit by 1-0 would have still been a series win to boast about.

  • CricketChat on August 13, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    All said and done, I expect Eng to prepare a docile batting pitch where they will aim to amass 550-650 runs in their 1st innings and let the test die a slow death. Even the flopped Indian batsmen will get 50s and will be safe for next series.

  • bhushanB on August 13, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    While I am 200% against playing bits and pieces of cricketers in a TEST match, look how Moen Bowled for a part-part-timer. It is the discipline to make the batsman play every delivery, the stock ball has to be perfect in line & length and the pitch or the odd-ball will do something extra or different to get the player out. Yes, Jadeja has a stock delivery that he bowls consistently, but the line is negative, the pace is too much, no flight, not enough revolutions, - even Moen puts more Revs on the ball than Jadeja. Moen consistently puts 2.1 K revs, while jadeja struggles between 1.7 to 1.95 K.

    Agreed for an off-spinner Moen could bowl little more to the off-side, but he is not that big spinner of the ball, so off & middle worked perfect for him. Jadeja's is -ve line.

    Before the pitch used to look completely different once Eng pacers start to bowl (or rather IND batsmen start to bat), but now it started looking different even when part-part-time spinners from ENG started bowling...

  • on August 13, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    My playing 11 is 1) Vijay 2) Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Rehane 5) Kohli 6) Ashwin 7) Dhoni 8) Bhuvi 9) Shami 10) Ishanth 11) Aron We have to win the last test, this bolwing attach can take 20 wickets and our batsmen should play aggressive cricket especially Dhawan and Virat they are match winners .. Vijay, Pujara or Rehane one must play big innings. Come on India don't disappoint us this time ..

  • nursery_ender on August 13, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Posted by bhushanB on (August 13, 2014, 18:26 GMT) This is test match cricket.. they will not repeat the same questions from the previous exam... well some fail to answer the same questions even when repeated time after time, but that is another story.

    And some give the same answers whatever the actual question

  • Nampally on August 13, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    India should not waste time playing either of the so-called "All Rounders"! Both Binny & Jadeja are "bits & pieces" guys incapable of contributing to win the match. To start with India needs at least 3 or 4 specialist fast bowlers such as Kumar, Aaron, Shami & Ishant. Ashwin is needed to counter the LH bats. These 5 are needed to WIN.Using Binny or Jadeja is a Negative approach- Not a winning one. The 6 bats have to produce. Vijay, Pujara & Rahane are batsmen with correct footwork who have to score big. Kohli & Dhoni are hit & miss - depending upon the pitch & their moods! The question of opening batsmen is huge one when India has Gambhir & Dhawan have failed badly. My preference is go with Ojha to open the innings. He has the hero of the India A batting in Australia + has the confidence + capability to play a big innings+ a fine WK. With Kumar & Ashwin matching the average of any of India top 6 bats, Indian batting is good till #8. But "Reliability" is needed from their bats!

  • on August 13, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Pitch seems to be spinner friendly. So, Those who can play spin well are the need of hour. Tackling Moeen is not that easy now. India has given him a chance to gain world of confidence. We need batsman who can wear initial 15 overs in the top order(ie., mainly those who are in atleast some form)

    My team would be:

    Vijay, Rahane, Pujara, Ghambir, Rohit, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aoron, Ishant

    Top 3 - Vijay, Rahane, Pujara are comparitively in better form than others.

    Next 3 - Ghambir, Rohit, Kohli are good at playing spin. Exposing Kohli early in the innings when ball is dancing has resulted in bad results till now. Kohli is not at all in good nick at this point. Otherwise he is good batsman.

    Promoting Ashwin to the top of order(after pujara) is also a good idea.

  • bhushanB on August 13, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    This is test match cricket.. they will not repeat the same questions from the previous exam... well some fail to answer the same questions even when repeated time after time, but that is another story.

  • bhushanB on August 13, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    India should have persisted with Binny after the first two. But now replacing Jadeja with Binny will not help due to the following reasons:

    1. Pitch will be any way close to Lords or the other two after that 2. If flat, Binny will be useless - as he did not gain any exposure or experience how to bowl in these ENG conditions

    If it were the 4th tests, I would have replaced Jadeja with a pace bowler like Ishwar...

    Now with ENG looking for a draw and possibly a flat pitch to get their batsmen to better form for ODIs, there is almost no HOPE for India.

    India just missed the tricks by a game everytime and tried to catch up (like sweeping Moin, and now gambir training for outside edges... watch out, Gambhir while he practices for that outside edge all the time, will be caught off a bouncer or worse bowled off a Yorker)....

  • bhushanB on August 13, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    @cric_follower

    Play fifth bowler to take the wickets, that the best four could not take... I do not think so.

    For me, the role of a 5th bowler - even though a specialist (for India) is: 1. Fill-in if one of the top 4 are having an off day 2. Bowl tight and create pressure so that the best four can pickup the wickets at the other end 3. Bowl enough overs, so that the top 3 pacers have enough rest to come back and give their best 4. Save top 3 pacers from breaking down, or becoming less effective due to stupid heavy load that Dhoni puts on them, Ishant in the former case, Bhuvi the later..

    If the 5th bowler is that much talented to pickup the ones that the first choice 4 could not, then why will he play as 5th, he will automatically become the first choice...

    This is where Binny would have been valuable, if he was played at Lords, by when he would have bowled enough overs and would have greatly helped in the 3rd and 4th tests.

  • Pritt32 on August 13, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    A bit of common sense prevaling by leaving out Jadeja in place of Binny. Ashwin deserves a spot. Sharma has to play. Kholi and Pujara will be both under pressure and need to prove their value in the team. Oval toss is vital as it is great batting track. Due wretched form of their batmen, I am concerned whether they put on a competitive total and take 20 wickets. Another concern their laid back approach, when Dhoni said two days off following their defeat, question committment and attitude of the team. It is a disgrace.

  • NewYorkCricket on August 13, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    play five bowlers if they the 5th guy can make a difference. Jadeja and Binny do not fit the bill. Get Rohit Sharma in. Open with Pujara. Gambhir at no. 3. Rahane at number 4 Sharma at 5 and Kohli at 6. Dhoni at no. 7. Play Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aaron and Ishant. If he is not fit get Shami in.

  • bhushanB on August 13, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    My biggest disappointment in the series has been Pujara.. Agreed that he got out to a peach of a delivery once and then got a decision to against him... but what about the other innings.... He seemed completely lost. Even since the ODI worldcup ambition got into him, he is not his true self. he always had the issue with a stiff bottom hand, which has been brutally exposed in this series. The look on his face is not that of a determined individual trusting his hardwork, but a complete blank face, as if he does not know why he is there in the first place. Had great great expectations for Pujara and he completely let me and several fans calling for a Rock DOWN.

    Kohli did not exist - not even in the non-cricket issues, he seemed very much dis-interested.

  • OhDearieMe on August 13, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    @Prabhakar Muthukrishnan: It's not a change of mindset India needs, it's a change of captain and coach. Disturbingly from the point of view of your argument here, Dhoni himself does go "all out attack" when he is batting, but he is becoming increasingly clueless in the field. India needs to realise that now Dhoni doesn't have a team of superstars that effectively captains itself and he needs to be the tactician, he's simply not up to the job.

  • bhushanB on August 13, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Not a single word about the pitch? I think ENG will prepare a flat bed for this final test, so that they can easily bat out and win the series. Now India might still lose it, but the batting heroes will score a hundred or two (50s) and the Indian fans will immediately forget the previous losses. That has the been the story for a long time.

    Otherwise how can you explain taking time off, after being 1-0 up in the series and then down to 1-2, lost the chance for a series win, almost lost the series.. one last chance to at least level the series and no one has taken it seriously...

    Do you think a tendulkar or dravid would have done the same thing under such circumstances..

    As I pointed out earlier Lords is just a battle and India celebrated too soon and lost the war...

    Cook should be eternally thankful to Dhoni & India, otherwise he would have been sacked by now - unlike Dhoni who will lead india into yet another series loss.

  • mzm149 on August 13, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    India don't stand a chance even if they play their entire squad. I would to see failure of Kohli 2 more times again. Bring it on.

  • myStraightTalk on August 13, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    This will be Dhoni's final Test match as a Test Captain. The result of this test series will hurt india to the 1 day world cup. Only a good test playing cricket team can win the world cup and India does not show that talent..

  • on August 13, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Whatever may be the team combination, it is the mindset that needs to change. The team should go on an all out attack mode. Even if you loose, do so all guns blazing. There is no difference in losing 2-1 or 3-1. At least if you attack the chances of leveling the series 2-2 improve. This test has special significance for Dhoni and Gambhir, both of whom will be surely playing their last test in England, for India do not have a tour to England for a long time now and both are 33 now.That should be added incentive for them.

  • eggyroe on August 13, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    I find it more than surprising that a team that was thrashed in less than 2 actual days playing time were allowed time off for recreation.Surely the team management system needs to be looked into,I would have thought that any self respecting Test Match Cricketer would have spent the time between the Old Trafford and Oval Test Matches getting as much experience of English conditions as opposed to 2 Day extra holiday.After all practice makes perfect.

  • on August 13, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    this is my line up:1 Gambhir 2 m vijay 3 ca pujara 4 s binny 5 a rahane 6ms dhoni 7 n ojha 8 r ashwin 9 b kumar 10 v aaron 11 i sharma. i hope my line up will work out i took out kohli and replaced n ojha cause he is a consistent performer and i replaced jaddu with s binny cause he will bowl and bat much better than jaddu and recently he to best figures of 6-4 in 4.4 overs so he is fit to play 5 th test . this is my line up

  • Dev-Mitra on August 13, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    I love the opinions people post on who should play. It is not a likely possibility that Dhoni even reads them, and he is the guy who decides. Having said that I am an equal sucker with my opinion since I am just as much a passionate fan as the others. Take a chance with a longer tail if we have to play 5 batsmen besides Dhoni. I would drop Jadeja for Shami, even though he has'nt bowled very well. He is a far superior bowler than Binny. Can't really drop Gambhir after one outing, although to take him was a retrograde step. If I had to drop him, would play Pujara as an opener and play either Rohit or Ojha as a batsman. The latter has been in form in Australia.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    oval is the best batting track in england. india will require its maximum bowling strength to get 20 wickets, so this is a good news. this is also the best chance for indian batsmen to stand up and live up to their standard.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    This is good thinking. Play to win, and to win, India needs 20 wickets. In fact, if they had decent bowlers, I'd pack them with six bowlers, and only four specialist bats + Dhoni.

    Trouble is, other than B Kumar, and in one spell Ishant Sharma, no one consistent enough to be called a bowler.

    Jadeja and Ashwin were pathetic. As has been Pankaj Singh. So at best India has Ishant, Kumar and Aaron.

    Not enough for twenty wickets.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    If they're not going to toss the ball to Binny, there's no point playing him (which is not to say I'm against his playing; he just needs to bowl more if selected). I'm still suspect of India's supposed "5 bowler" strategy, because they've never really had one; Jadeja can bowl a lot of overs, but he simply does not take wickets. If you play four Test quality bowlers (and select the right ones!), you shouldn't have issues dismissing sides. I do think Jadeja should come out, although it should be borne in mind that the Oval is the most spin-friendly ground of the lot. Thus if there was every any justification for Jadeja playing, it would be at the Oval. But I think India's strongest attack would be Bhuvi, Ishant, Aaron, and Ashwin. I don't think Binny bowls well enough in Tests to justify his place over a 6th batsman (which India clearly need). So it should be Murali, Dhawan (Gambhir is a step backwards), Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit, Dhoni. These are the best players India have right now

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    give gambhir another chance but jadeja must be replaced with binny who saved first test for india.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    One of the main differences between the two teams need to be re-emphasized and worked upon:

    ENGLAND'S SLIP FIELDING Vs INDIA'S SLIP-SHOD FIELDING !

    Most of the talks had been on (a) batting and (b) bowling: in the former India performed far below expectations (confidence seems to have deserted, except for Vijay & Rahane); and in the latter, performed better than expectations.

    As far as slip fielding is concerned, after the good days of Dravid, VVS, and Sehwag in the slips were over, India never had any one or any set of players to guard the slip cordon. Problems there, include Dhoni's reluctance to dive, Dhawan's sleeping at the controls, Kohli's newly acquired nervousness, and Sir's plain and simple slip-shod work. Both Kohli & Sir are being wasted in the cordon; since both are good in front, point, cover, or even in the outfield --except slips!. Dhawan had been as inconsistent with his fielding as his batting had been.

    For heaven's sake take all the chances, behind wicket!

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    It hardly matters who's in and who's out. Even if 2 or 3 top or middle order batsmen come back to their form in the first innings, the overall morale will definitely go up for the second innings and even the likes of Dhawan and Jadeja would perform. It actually boils down to the fact that the momentum is not with India and things can turn around only if few batsmen give blasting performances in the first innings.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    whatever be the changes but i don't think India stand a chance to win the test in the Oval and they will go down by 3-1. And it will be all the same for us our batsmen will pile up tons of runs against WI but they will also go 0-4 against Aus last this year..........some miracle will save team India in the last test. now even a draw would satisfy us........

  • CricketChat on August 13, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    I think Ohja, who was in the best form of his life on the 'A' tour, should come in for Gambhir who looked out of sorts (as usual these days). Pujara should be asked to open if he plays at all. Ishant for Pankaj (May I say he played his last test for India in the 4th test). I would bring in Binny for Jadeja who just doesn't look like a test player, an occasional flourish not withstanding. The batting top order is a real worry for Ind as they attempt to draw the series. Even Vijay is coming back to his normal failure self while Rahane can only contribute once per match. Given the turmoil India is in, I expect another sound thrashing from Eng. Every single Eng career under some sort of cloud has been fully revived thanks to this tour while several Indian careers will be ending at the end of this test series.

  • abhi_1209 on August 13, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    No point in playing Binny if Dhoni doesn't give him a decent bowl. As a pure batsman, Rohit is a better bet or continue with Jadeja but bat him no higher than 9. Yes, Binny did score 70+ in an innings but didn't Jimmy Anderson score 80+ on the same wicket? Hope Ishant is fit else Ishwar Pandey deserves a look in

  • analyseabhishek on August 13, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Bring back Binny, he is our lucky charm. Without him, India lost badly!!! Jokes aside, Binny did help save the first test with the bat. Had there not been confusion between Dhoni and Dhawan, Binny might well have got his maiden wicket and the Lord's test may have had fewer amount of drama!

  • rk_ks on August 13, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    @CheerforUnderdogs : Ashwin playing after 8 months should get a chance, but Gambhir playing after years shouldn't get a chance. And if Gambhir clicks it will not be a bonus for India right.

  • henchart on August 13, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    3-1 in the Offing for India.They can get the better of WI in October on home grounds before getting thrashed 4-0 by Clarke and Co.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Make three changes if India is serious of victory. Out goes: Gambhir, Panjaj and Jadeja. In comes Shikkar, Ishant / Shammi, and Shammi/ Pandey depending on Ishant"s fitness. Any other change may not help much. Also change the batting order. Cheteshwar to open with Vijay. Shikkar at 3, Rahane at 4, Virat at 5, Ashwin at 6 and Dhoni at 7. See the difference then.

  • cric_gates on August 13, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    This Indian team is more a One day team rather than a test team.There is various point to be noted: 1. How come Dhoni is still allowed to persist with the captaincy even though we are struggling to win series abroad.0-4 to END, 0-4 AUS, 0-1 SA, 0-1 NZ..omg many more to come if dhoni is still banking on 2011 Wolrd cup win. 2. Pujara is pure test player but his out of form his seriously hurting India, Kohli is soon to declared flat track bully. 3. Lots of comments I have read about Pankaj Singh deserved a place in national test side. Truely! he deserve to be thrown out of team.He must be having Ishant as his idol thats why he is unlucky!! Umesh should have been included.Big mistake. 4. India should find a conventional spinner. Aswin and Jadeda are good ODI bowler. Their inability to takes wickets have already cost us many important series.A good test team always have a spinner who provides crucial break through . THis is something missing with Aswin and Jadeda.

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    thats a good news for indian team & fans.....

  • on August 13, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    I dont understand why Dhoni has kept taking blows on his body,he may get hurt sometime.

  • manas_02 on August 13, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    I don't understand how Pujara's place in the team has never come under threat. People are gunning for Kohli's head after the Indian team's debacle whereas the fact remains that Pujara has failed in the seaming conditions of New Zealand and now England. He seems to be a bigger flat track bully than Kohli or Rohit Sharma. He isn't remotely close to Dravid, he still has to prove himself big time

  • Aj0057 on August 13, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    i think Ashwin shd bat high up near Dhoni , rather than after Jadeja.. he is the NO.1 Test all-rounder.. India shd somehow force a win here.. Or else , its better fr dhoni to quit his test captaincy.. i seriously think Ishant shd hav been given a go in the 3rd test.. they said it was jus a niggle.. it was a gamble wrth taking.. hopefully he ll perform with more fire and india win this final test.. gambhir shd bat with a lil more responsibility.. Jinks needs to play lik how he did in Lord's.. So must Vijay.. Vijay shd fall bak to his patience mantra.. India did well when he gave good solid starts.. Hopefully Aaron and Bhuvi can continue their good wrk..

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    the team should be like this : Vijay,Gambhir,Pujara,Kohli,Rahane,Dhoni,Ashwin,Binny,Bhuvi,Aaron Or Shami,Ishant

    Binny Is All Rounder He can bowl if dhoni give him chance more than 15 overs per innings and if binny is not comfortable then Rohit Sharma Is the batsman but not...knowing whether he will do runs or not...

  • Test_Match_Fan on August 13, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    "When they took the field two days before the Test, Dhoni was missing. In his absence, Duncan Fletcher and Virat Kohli addressed the huddle"

    all 3 need to be relieved from test cricket. Give them more time for the rigours of 20/20 IPL non cricket entertainment

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 13, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    ishant sharma at one end..varun Aaron aka Malcolm marshall at other end..It is going to be a nightmare for each and every English batsmen...English fans are praying to rain gods already ...i can sense that

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    unless each dept support mutually they can't win! if u bowl first or bat first. first day sprit is most important.

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    As the oval is the most spinner friendly pitch in England would it be wise to drop one of your spinners for a seamer

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 13, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    ishant sharma at one end..varun Aaron aka Malcolm marshall at other end..It is going to be a nightmare for each and every English batsmen...English fans are praying to rain gods...i can sense that

  • SudeepSonawane on August 13, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    "Ashwin better batsman than Jadeja?" LOL! Dude, Ashwin is better than our 'specialist' batsmen. His centuries in Tests and first class cricket, and excellent batting average are not a fluke. Please don't compare him with the bearded swordsman cum breakdancer!

  • real_gone_gadd on August 13, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    "Jadeja and the opening slot are two big concerns for India" - not to forget the complete lack of threat and pentration from an entirely ineffective seam attack since Lord's. Binny for Jadeja and Ishant for Prankaj would be my selection here.

  • PeerieTrow on August 13, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    It's too much to hope for in the short term, but I believe India without Dhoni has a far better chance of success. Dhoni, the blue-eyed boy of the BCCI, has sacrificed the success of Indian cricket to fielding his friends for far too long.

  • CheerforUnderdogs on August 13, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Rohit , Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Varun, Ishant.

    Gambhir appeared a walk through wicket, Jadeja has been ineffective and you need to give Ashwin one more go expecially when he played after 8 months. Not sure about Ishant's fitness but he should play if fit. About Rohit: even if he fails at least he would get some match practice for ODI. If he clicks, should be bonus for India.

    Having said this, India win here will be the biggest turnaround.

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Replacing Jadeja is ok. But not with Binny for god's sake! India should rather give Ishwar Pandey a chance. Ashwin has scored more runs than established Indian batsman, so its ok to consider him a decent no 7. Also give Naman Ojha a chance! He is in good nick, has already scored 3 centuries in Australia. Give him a go when he is in supreme form rather than pursuing with both dhawan and gambhir who don't look in control at all.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 13, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    ishant sharma at one end..varun Aaron aka Malcolm marshall at other end..It is going to be a nightmare for each and every English batsmen...

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Binny for Jadeja is the sane option India should have already chosen for the whole series. It is never too late though. I sincerely hope finally common sense prevails over personal ego and Binny is given a one decent chance in place of Jadeja.

  • yjreddyindia on August 13, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    why BINNI? why dont they bring umesh yadav in place of jadeja. if iam a captain in place of dhoni i will go with 4 seam bowlers and spin allrounder+ 5 specialist batsmen+WK. and the batting order like as follows

    my team xi

    Rohith sharma Vijay Rahane pujara Kohli Dhoni Ashwin Ishanth Bhuvaneswar Aaron Shami or yadav

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Jadeja has to go. He is not a test player and Ashwin is a better batsmen than him with their bowling skills being at the same level. Time for India to look past these two in spin bowling department and there are some good younger players around

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    makes very little sense. If batting is letting you down and bowling is not, why not play an extra batsman in place of Jadeja?

  • sundersingh on August 13, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Hope Dhawan gets the game instead of GG...

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  • sundersingh on August 13, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Hope Dhawan gets the game instead of GG...

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    makes very little sense. If batting is letting you down and bowling is not, why not play an extra batsman in place of Jadeja?

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Jadeja has to go. He is not a test player and Ashwin is a better batsmen than him with their bowling skills being at the same level. Time for India to look past these two in spin bowling department and there are some good younger players around

  • yjreddyindia on August 13, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    why BINNI? why dont they bring umesh yadav in place of jadeja. if iam a captain in place of dhoni i will go with 4 seam bowlers and spin allrounder+ 5 specialist batsmen+WK. and the batting order like as follows

    my team xi

    Rohith sharma Vijay Rahane pujara Kohli Dhoni Ashwin Ishanth Bhuvaneswar Aaron Shami or yadav

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Binny for Jadeja is the sane option India should have already chosen for the whole series. It is never too late though. I sincerely hope finally common sense prevails over personal ego and Binny is given a one decent chance in place of Jadeja.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on August 13, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    ishant sharma at one end..varun Aaron aka Malcolm marshall at other end..It is going to be a nightmare for each and every English batsmen...

  • on August 13, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Replacing Jadeja is ok. But not with Binny for god's sake! India should rather give Ishwar Pandey a chance. Ashwin has scored more runs than established Indian batsman, so its ok to consider him a decent no 7. Also give Naman Ojha a chance! He is in good nick, has already scored 3 centuries in Australia. Give him a go when he is in supreme form rather than pursuing with both dhawan and gambhir who don't look in control at all.

  • CheerforUnderdogs on August 13, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Rohit , Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Binny, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, Varun, Ishant.

    Gambhir appeared a walk through wicket, Jadeja has been ineffective and you need to give Ashwin one more go expecially when he played after 8 months. Not sure about Ishant's fitness but he should play if fit. About Rohit: even if he fails at least he would get some match practice for ODI. If he clicks, should be bonus for India.

    Having said this, India win here will be the biggest turnaround.

  • PeerieTrow on August 13, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    It's too much to hope for in the short term, but I believe India without Dhoni has a far better chance of success. Dhoni, the blue-eyed boy of the BCCI, has sacrificed the success of Indian cricket to fielding his friends for far too long.

  • real_gone_gadd on August 13, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    "Jadeja and the opening slot are two big concerns for India" - not to forget the complete lack of threat and pentration from an entirely ineffective seam attack since Lord's. Binny for Jadeja and Ishant for Prankaj would be my selection here.