Middlesex v Indians, one-dayer, Lord's August 21, 2014

Indians turn focus to shorter forms

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Suresh Raina and Umesh Yadav are among India's new arrivals
Suresh Raina and Umesh Yadav are among India's new arrivals © AFP

The lack of intensity in India's tour matches before the Test series might have come in for question and criticism, but India are not likely to deviate anytime soon. On Friday they will return to their only venue of triumph, Lord's, where they will play Middlesex in a non-List-A one-day game where any number of players can take part provided only 11 bat and only 11 are on the field at a given time. India's argument is that they want everyone in their squad to have a hit in the middle.

Middlesex will be captained by Eoin Morgan, and will include Steve Finn, who has been on the mend and nearly made it to the Test XI against India. Ireland's opener Paul Stirling will be another attraction. The five-match ODI series starts on Monday, in Bristol. India last won an ODI outside Asia more than a year ago, in Zimbabwe. Since then they have lost six, in South Africa and New Zealand.

India have had new hands on deck for the ODIs. Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav (who, many felt, should have been here for the Tests), Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma have joined the team. Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron, Gautam Gambhir, Ishwar Pandey and Naman Ojha have gone back. Cheteshwar Pujara won't be playing ODIs, but is likely to stay back and get in some county matches towards the end of the season.

More closely watched will be the new support staff. Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar will take over from Trevor Penney and Joe Dawes; Duncan Fletcher will find Ravi Shastri every time he looks over the shoulder. Penney and Dawes conducted two training sessions even after the big announcement made on Tuesday. They had been asked to wait till the replacements arrived. Their final training session before they go on "leave" was sparsely attended: only Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the Test side attended.

Middlesex squad: Eoin Morgan (capt.), Joe Denly, Neil Dexter, Steven Finn, Nick Gubbins, James Harris, Ryan Higgins, Dawid Malan, Ravi Patel, Harry Podmore, Ollie Rayner, Gurjit Sandhu, John Simpson and Paul Stirling

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 23, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    I have the highest respect for Dravid. Yet, I would like to know, what he did as a batting consultant /mentor?

    For the first time, I feel uncomfortable with his stance, that everything was hunky dory with the coaching team consisting of Fletcher, Dawes, & Penny. And he himself, with a specific assignment, he accepted.

    I had appreciated every other view he had held in the past, on every issue he cared to comment or asked upon to comment... but not this time :-(

  • Chris_P on August 22, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Come on my friend, you follow cricket. Have a look at this Middlesex team, there aren't too many familiar faces from their top playing XI, let's keep our views in perspective. Of course, given recent history India should go into the ODI's as slight favourites. The pitches will be different, England, except for a brief period, have never really embraced one dayers like many other countries. Practice matches, if you have played them, are there to iron out kinks, get you ready for the serious stuff. No cricketer I have known, played with or against have ever placed practice matches as a yardstick to anything that may occur. Cheers.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 22, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Just checking Suresh Raina's run of ODI scores since he scored his last 50 over a year ago (1 August 2013) against Zimbabwe.

    39, 17, 16, 28, 0, 23, 34, 14, 36, 18, 35, 31, 15*, 27, 25

    Not sure why he is still in the team?

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, your points are well taken, no one who has been regularly watching ODI in the past couple of years or so will say england has definite advantage in this odi series. This series starts with almost equal chance for both england and india. It is too early to tell who will eventually win this odi series but england does not have a huge advantage in this series, India will definitely do much better than what they did in the SA & NZ odi serieses conducted recently; although i earnestly hope england eventually wins this odi series.

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    As a middlesex fan who was at the game today I would say that India looked less than convincing to be bowled out be a team who's white ball cricket this season has been horrific. If they get a total of 230 against the England team and have can only use eleven players (still not sure why it was unlimited in this game) England would chase it. And finally if India are such good players of spin how did Rayner get a double wicket maiden and go for less than four an over

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (August 22, 2014, 16:14 GMT):

    India plays ODIs better; no doubt.

    But, to put today's practice match in perspective, we may keep in mind that except for a couple of players, the rest who were played by Middlesex are not from their first choice XI. Many were from their second string. I am not discounting the Indian performance & the pleasant sight of Indian players regaining their confidence.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on August 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    These are practice matches where the idea is that each player of the visiting side gets to practice their skill. In that sense it was a good game for India. Although, it is better to win such games and than lose them, but not much can be read in them. Apart from Finn and Morgan, I have not heard of even a single one of those players. Therefore, the difficulty level of playing England will be much higher than this, and India management, I am sure, are aware of that. Looking forward to the first ODI on Monday.

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Wat was sanju samson doing after ashwin and jadeja? Hes is a good top order batsman..he should have given an opportunity to get used to the conditions....its very sad to see rohith sharma still in d team after all these failures..after seeing the procedures sanju will be likely to warm the bench for entire series .poor kid

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Both Shami & Umesh Yadav do not seem to be in their elements. Do they have a problem with the Duke balls? Or misplaced their radars? What is going on?

    Good to see new bowlers Kulkarni & Karn Sharma step up to the English challenge.

    Dhoni can safely hand over the big gloves to the young boy Sanju Samson.

    Nice to see Rayudu & Kohli getting some runs. Hope, Kohli's form is returning with the white balls :-)

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I can already see many England fans providing excuses for Middlesex's pathetic show. I am not saying for once that India are going to annihilate England in the ODIs; but some perspective and honesty is needed from English supporters here. The fact remains that Middlesex are one of England's TOP county sides. Now, they have been comprihensively thrashed by a young Indian side. That to me speaks of two things: one, the Indian team played well; two, India CAN play in these conditions if they get their minds and attitude right. If England think they have already won the ODIs even before the action has started, this is a stern reminder of what they can expect from India.

  • on August 23, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    I have the highest respect for Dravid. Yet, I would like to know, what he did as a batting consultant /mentor?

    For the first time, I feel uncomfortable with his stance, that everything was hunky dory with the coaching team consisting of Fletcher, Dawes, & Penny. And he himself, with a specific assignment, he accepted.

    I had appreciated every other view he had held in the past, on every issue he cared to comment or asked upon to comment... but not this time :-(

  • Chris_P on August 22, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Come on my friend, you follow cricket. Have a look at this Middlesex team, there aren't too many familiar faces from their top playing XI, let's keep our views in perspective. Of course, given recent history India should go into the ODI's as slight favourites. The pitches will be different, England, except for a brief period, have never really embraced one dayers like many other countries. Practice matches, if you have played them, are there to iron out kinks, get you ready for the serious stuff. No cricketer I have known, played with or against have ever placed practice matches as a yardstick to anything that may occur. Cheers.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 22, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Just checking Suresh Raina's run of ODI scores since he scored his last 50 over a year ago (1 August 2013) against Zimbabwe.

    39, 17, 16, 28, 0, 23, 34, 14, 36, 18, 35, 31, 15*, 27, 25

    Not sure why he is still in the team?

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, your points are well taken, no one who has been regularly watching ODI in the past couple of years or so will say england has definite advantage in this odi series. This series starts with almost equal chance for both england and india. It is too early to tell who will eventually win this odi series but england does not have a huge advantage in this series, India will definitely do much better than what they did in the SA & NZ odi serieses conducted recently; although i earnestly hope england eventually wins this odi series.

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    As a middlesex fan who was at the game today I would say that India looked less than convincing to be bowled out be a team who's white ball cricket this season has been horrific. If they get a total of 230 against the England team and have can only use eleven players (still not sure why it was unlimited in this game) England would chase it. And finally if India are such good players of spin how did Rayner get a double wicket maiden and go for less than four an over

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (August 22, 2014, 16:14 GMT):

    India plays ODIs better; no doubt.

    But, to put today's practice match in perspective, we may keep in mind that except for a couple of players, the rest who were played by Middlesex are not from their first choice XI. Many were from their second string. I am not discounting the Indian performance & the pleasant sight of Indian players regaining their confidence.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on August 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    These are practice matches where the idea is that each player of the visiting side gets to practice their skill. In that sense it was a good game for India. Although, it is better to win such games and than lose them, but not much can be read in them. Apart from Finn and Morgan, I have not heard of even a single one of those players. Therefore, the difficulty level of playing England will be much higher than this, and India management, I am sure, are aware of that. Looking forward to the first ODI on Monday.

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Wat was sanju samson doing after ashwin and jadeja? Hes is a good top order batsman..he should have given an opportunity to get used to the conditions....its very sad to see rohith sharma still in d team after all these failures..after seeing the procedures sanju will be likely to warm the bench for entire series .poor kid

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Both Shami & Umesh Yadav do not seem to be in their elements. Do they have a problem with the Duke balls? Or misplaced their radars? What is going on?

    Good to see new bowlers Kulkarni & Karn Sharma step up to the English challenge.

    Dhoni can safely hand over the big gloves to the young boy Sanju Samson.

    Nice to see Rayudu & Kohli getting some runs. Hope, Kohli's form is returning with the white balls :-)

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I can already see many England fans providing excuses for Middlesex's pathetic show. I am not saying for once that India are going to annihilate England in the ODIs; but some perspective and honesty is needed from English supporters here. The fact remains that Middlesex are one of England's TOP county sides. Now, they have been comprihensively thrashed by a young Indian side. That to me speaks of two things: one, the Indian team played well; two, India CAN play in these conditions if they get their minds and attitude right. If England think they have already won the ODIs even before the action has started, this is a stern reminder of what they can expect from India.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    @Valavan: Thanks for your broad minded comment. I was thinking most English fans were living in their own little worlds dominated by test cricket. At least, you have agreed England need to 'improve' in ODI cricket. Oh yeah, your only world trophy was that T20 trophy back in 2009. It's a start but you will need to keep achieving more for being one of the oldest cricket playing nations on earth. Still, it's heartening to see English fans admit their team needs to improve in ODI cricket. I cannot agree more with your views on England preparing pitches to suit them more. That's what is called 'home advantage'.

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    i dont think sanju samson is ready for this level he is a good player but dosent always play the same way he needs to learn the art of being patient and choosing the right shot for the right ball

  • on August 22, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Including KV Sharma & Dhawal kulkarni in final 11 can surprise England and it may help india to win first ODI.

  • on August 22, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    @Lin Comp on (August 22, 2014, 15:40 GMT):

    Middlesex seem to believe in the concept of 'return gift'. For the favour India did for England in tests 4 & 5. Almost the same shoddiness.

  • on August 22, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Middlesex could have played better than this. It is okay to lose but playing so ordinary is unfortunate. This victory by india will give them some psychological advantage before the official ODI series. England did this blunder before the test series too, in that 3 day game something, they simply surrendered and lost to india when england could have easily secured a draw, and that victory might had given some psychological advantage for india and that might had helped them a bit during the 1st and 2nd test matches where a draw and win was secured by india (nottigham & lords tests).

    Now in this match again england is playing not sensibly, it is ok to lose but they need to make sure the official odi team of england gains something from this match but at this moment this england team of today is playing without any strategies at all, they are not helping cook's team which will play on 25th in anyway.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 22, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @Lin Comp Are you stupid or just pretending? India do have a good chance if England provide flate track but with this team, I think England will have to watch out for Kolhi as he can't be underestimated with white ball so is Dhoni.

    I would say its 60 England 40 India because India have Dhoni and Kholi as well as Ravinder Jadeja can be dangerous with the bat with white ball as we saw in New Zealand series. On his day he can take a game away from opposition, I am hoping to see a good match.

  • PeerieTrow on August 22, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    As with my earlier comment about India's score, I don't think too much should be read into Middlesex's response; they haven't exactly set the Royal London competition alight. I sincerely hope that the choice of opposition for this practice match wasn't merely based on Lord's as a venue.

  • vr.mandalapu on August 22, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    It is really heartening to see Kohli back in to form and of course one-day matches are his forte. Personally I also feel happy for Rayudu for the excellent knock he produced. He should have been allowed to continue and that could have avoided the embarassment of being all out.

  • on August 22, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    For this odi series between india and england one thing i can write and give now itself is -

    1) if england bats first and score less than 280 then they can forget that match

    2) if india bats first england has to restrict the indian score within 250, otherwise they can forget that match

  • vsprabhu01 on August 22, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Going by the Tour game order, batting will have Rayudu added to the test team, but in bowling, i would prefer Mohit, Shami & Yadav (since Bhuvaneshwar is already tired and why to risk him) and Ashwin and Karan sharma as spinning alrounders atleast for the first two ODI's. Not much of a difference between jadeja and Karan sharma in batting, but in bowling karan scores over jadeja with consistency.

  • Valavan on August 22, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    @cptmeanster, no limited over trophy to england? You should say as no ODI WC trophy to england.. I think yes your point is right, we can only see that when we go to SL later this year, but of now, we will definitely prepare wickets suiting our needs and its India who must adjust. Now its august, breezy weather, so indian batters shall face swinging delivery on the air. when we face SL later this year we can also take a discussion and you can suggest us where should we improve. OKKK. cricinfo please publish..

  • PeerieTrow on August 22, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    We shouldn't read too much into a practice match score of 230 off of 44.2. However, just by way of comparison, averaging the top fifty scores in the current Royal London One-Day Cup, which range from 258 to 383, provides a figure of 299.98 from 49 overs.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    I think with sanju samson around dhoni should give the gloves to him and step up in batting order , I strongly say this because sanju is way matured for his age and he wont fall for the pressure that england will throw at him and also if a 19year old can get on top of england bowling then they might start to feel the pressure , even though dhoni is a good finisher 'he should get good starts to do that, and with kohli not at his very best it might be good for him if dhoni can be at the crease wen he walks in to bat. Just think about the demolishing innings he used to play wen he batted at no .3. What people are forgetting is that india suceeded a lot when they had a demolishing batsmen at the top of the order who can take away the confidence of the entire bowlers in the opposition team.And for the indian bowling they should understand one thing , every batsmen who is playing international cricket will be talented immensely only pressure can make them play a rash shot.so create pressure

  • JustIPL on August 22, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Unlike 3 day drawn warmups this limited fixture will be result oriented and looks like india will lose here.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on August 22, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    @Yorkshire Pudding Yes,That's Fletcher's own way of coaching.You should not retire out a batsman who is playing well that too in the 40th over.Whether it's warm-up match or international match,only 11 players should play.That will give a fair idea about playing XI.Fletcher's strategy in this series right from the first warm-up match is poor.

  • JustIPL on August 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Whatever be the intensity of the games, india lose 10 wickets. Finn was acccurate while ryener the off spinner continued from Moeen Ali. Looks like indian batsmen dont like ball coming in and rather want to play leg spinners and historically been more successful against leggies. They like width to hit through and get out in slips as a result. Most of the runs scored by india were given by indian origin bowlers may be to Kohli.

  • woody3 on August 22, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Im starting to wonder if theres a valid comparison between Indian Cricketers and England Footballers. Both are assured of riches and adulation by the club game and seem to have no hunger for the top level of their sport. I know some footballers claim club is a higher standard than international but why then can guys who dominate at club level be so utterly useless versus international opposition. Just delusional self justification. At least no-one tries to claim IPL is the top level of the sport.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    should replace by india A team ..

  • yogicoolboy on August 22, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Really surprising to me ashwin and jadeja batting ahead of samson. Cant understand the logic

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    @USA_Res, I would imagine it would be permed from those taking part in the Middlesex game, and any of Shami, Yadav, and Mohit sharma.

    I really wish that they would take these warm ups seriously and not have a 'everyone gets a go' policy, but that's DF all over.

  • Sunman81 on August 22, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Again 4 wickets to an offspiner.. Indians seems to be having tough time with offies this series... Rohit and Dhawan opening the innings in the ODIs may not be bring the right result for India..

  • yogicoolboy on August 22, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Surprising to see ashwin and jadeja batting before samson

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Today practise match india vs middlsx in england .India look more comfortable in 50 over than in test.Kohli score gud run and rayudu on his first tour to england dhawan failure will criticise in his carrer .samson first match .I hope samson should sent up before jadeja and ashwin as jadeja will be failure in entire odi series raina could also come up.230 is not so much gud score in 50 over as india all out in 45 over.It is certain up to the mark but the batting is again collapse by many test failure batsman in odi.

  • kiran2406 on August 22, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @Sharath: Samson is in the squad bcoz he is in scheme of things.. definitely indian team management had some plans for sending jadeja and ashwin early.. They need to select a suitable allrounder.. Evan raina batted late..

  • Englishmanabroad on August 22, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    I am surprised to see that most of the Indian front-line bowlers, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Pankaj Singh and Varun Aaron, have left ??!

    Who will be the main Indian bowlers in the upcoming ODI's and T20??

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    i think right decision by the bcci to change the penny and dawes.but this time to prepare for wc so india will show their temprement.my playing 11 is (dhawan,samson,kohli,raina,rahane,dhoni,aswini/karn,shami ,bhubi,mohit,umesh)

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    I see 5-0 loose to India this time as well...

  • Sharath274 on August 22, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Ashwin & Jadeja batting ahead of Samson looks ridiculous to me.. clearly it means Samson is not in the scheme of things..

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    England's chances in this odi series will mainly depend upon their batting performance. Of course great bowling and fielding efforts are needed too but the eventual outcome will mainly depend upon how well england can bat. Scoring at a very fast rate as well as staying long at the crease are required to score big.

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Team india will show faithminthemselves and could bring good days to oue country. They have drawn one match and won one matchin foreign land Once allleading batsmen were out without facing balls that was aimed at bottomof stumps, later theylearntytoplay suchballs andwon many series.they need training to face the boler in forign soil.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    @Saikrishnan Baskaran, may be but I've not been convinced by the England ODI team over the last year either, so for me that's why India hedge the series, It might be that I'm completed wrong but I wont be reading too much into the result.

  • on August 22, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    pls give a chance for samson to bat....he s very talented young batsman...pls give chance....and c hw he s performing

  • on August 22, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding Considering, India have been whitewashed in their last two ODI series, played in SA and NZ. I am not sure if they'll be able to get a single win in the series. Even though their Test form has been decent for the past one year(at least till the last 3 tests of the series) , their ODI form has dipped considerably since 2011 WC.

  • r.senthilkumar on August 22, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Rohit sharma is over-hyped player, he will miserably fail.

  • on August 22, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    See the form of indian batsmen now, they looked very comfortable especially kohli - has already a 50 too, if this form of indian batsmen is carried to the official ODI series then england has lot of hard work to do. Like some one said earlier in this forum india can win this ODI series.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 22, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, England have no chance in the ODI rankings they are located 5th even with a 5-0 win for England they will be relying on the results of the Aus, SA, Zimbabwe series to help them out and even then they might only make 2nd place. India on the other hand could go top if they win 5-0 and it depends again on the results of same series.

    But with a lot of ODI's coming up in the next 4 months, England have 15-20 before the WC starts and then the WC games the top 5 positions could be very very fluid.

    Personally I think the ODI series will be 3-2 or 4-1 to India, with at least one game decided on D/L rules.

  • nursery_ender on August 22, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    quote: Penney and Dawes conducted two training sessions even after the big announcement made on Tuesday. They had been asked to wait till the replacements arrived. Their final training session before they go on "leave" was sparsely attended: only Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the Test side attended.

    And therein lies a large part of the problem. Any coach can only be as effective as his players' willingness to learn.

  • on August 22, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    rohit sharma and shikhar dhawan, virat kohli, ajinya rahanw, suresh raina, ambati raydu, ms dhoni, ravindra jadeja, bhuwaeshwer kumar, umesh yadav, dhawal kulkarni/shami. i am sure rohit sharma will atleast hit one century and few half century in this tour, this tour will either make or break players. I would love to see rohit sharma get man of the series.

  • on August 22, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    In this England condition fast bowing pitch. you can select praveen kumar, umesh yadav, Varon Aaron, bhuveneshwer kumar, Ishant Sharma, And etc. In condition like England, South Africa, New Zealand, And Australia. Attack with them short pitch ball straight to hip light below., yorker, short bounce ball to shoulder light below chest level. So various ball that England, Australian, South African, and New Zealand Batsman would have no idea on Indian bowling style if they bowl in different line which as mention. Because we have best fast bowling unit.

  • john_abey on August 22, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    My XI for the ODIs 1. Rohit 2. Dhawan 3. Kohli 4. Samson/Rahane 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. JAdeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Umesh 11. Dhawal Kulkarni / (Mohit)

    I strongly recommend Umesh and Buvi to be in all matches. Dhawal Kulkarni could be very useful with his height and even we saw in Indian wickets he used to swing the new ball.So he will be usefull than Shami. It would be experimenting experimenting high arm bowlers Umesh, Mohit, Dhawal together if possible. Jadeja would be vital in these conditions, just as we saw in last years Champions Trophy. Hopefully Dhawan should fire this time. If he is a failure then can try Rahane at opener's slot. Sanju if being played should be in at 4. It would be additional pressure for him if he is straight away brought as opener. Raina and Dhoni needed for slog overs. Ashwin hopefully can control runs. If not Karun should be given a chance. Anyway best wishes for team India,Let us start our preperations for World cup. Let this be start of something great

  • on August 22, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    My playing XI, considering all selection possibilities from captain & other coaching staffs. 1. Sikhar 2. Rohit 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. Rahane 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Binny 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Umesh

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    ohh please, You cannot leave Ravindra Jadeja out. He was your second best wicket taker in tests and no one can doubt his ability to block runs and take wickets in ODIs. Question remains the opening slot. Shikahar Dhawan or Sanju Sampson. I think Rohit will open followed by Rahane and Kohli, Raina, Dhoni. There is no place for Ashwin in ODIs in England instead of him try Binny, Umesh, Bhuvi and Shami. India can defend 240+ score. But can India post 240?

  • CricketingStargazer on August 22, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    There is an additional incentive. With Both England and India only a few points behind Australia in the ICC ODI table, either side could go top with a big win in the series, dependent on other results.

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    my team eleven. 1,rohit. 2,rahane.3,kohly.4,raina.5,samson.6,dhoni.7,jadeja.7,aswin.8,bhuvaneswar.9,varun.10,shami.11,sharma

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    To give some respite to his battered hands (battered by keeping wickets continuously in all formats, for years), Dhoni should hand over the big gloves to Sanju Samson, for this series. Though Sanju is just 20, he is mature beyond his age. And, he is ready to be groomed in, as THE wicket keeper batsman (to take over from Dhoni pretty soon).

    I am not sure whether Dhoni is good, behind the wicket without the big gloves, to plug the leaks in the slip cordon. If we have a few other decent options (like Ashwin & Raina) to guard the slip cordon, Dhoni is ideal to man the short cover. He can also constantly guide the bowlers better and command his resources from that position.

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Why should the support staff be on spot light? They are coming there to support the cricketers to get their game right. This is akin to saying that the supporting column is on spotlight and not the whole structure. The need of the hour is for the players to get whatever advice from the supporting staff including Director and Coach and make corrections where necessary. Having watched the test matches, I must say the problems are only 20% cricket 80% mindset. Players need counseling on how they can be proactive to situations and not react, which is what they did in the last three tests. The proactive stance must be build before each match and on the field the strategic-tactical ploys. Also do get the body language right to gel the team as one functioning unit. Good luck in your ODI matches.

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    MY team for the first 2 games will be 1,Shikhar Dhawan, 2,Rohit Sharma, 3,VIrat Kohli, 4,Ajinkya Rahane, 5,Suresh Raina, 6. Binny / Samson, 7.Dhoni, 8.Ashwin, 9.Umesh, 10.Bhuvi, 11Mohit.

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    this shuld be indian line up. 1-Rohit Sharma,2-Dhavan,3-Kholi,4-Raina,5-Rahane,6-Dhoni,7-Binny,8-Jadeja,9-Ashwin,10-Bhuveswar,11-Umesh yadav...if Dhavan fail than Rahane shuld open and Sanju somson shuld at no 5...

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    A few seem to be missing an important point. In tournaments organised by ICC, like Champions' Trophy, ICC control the pitch preparation. They make it sure that the pitches are fair for all the contestants. But in an international series between two countries, it is the host country (in this case England) who controls the pitch preparation. One can easily surmise, what kind of pitches England will prepare for the ODIs.

    So, you just can't extrapolate the results from the Champions' Trophy triumph, for the 5 ODIs , starting from Monday.

  • y4yoga on August 22, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Too harsh on Vijay. should have got a chance. once again the openers are going to fail and then they wll finally find the replacement in WI series. MSD won't give sanju samson a chance that much easier unless some one fails, but If sanju gets a chance its evident that he'll keep wickets and MSD surely would roll his hands as a seaming allrounder or 5th bowler which would be quite Interesting

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Test all the batsmen and my playing XI for first ODI will be: Dhawan ,Rohit,kohli ,raina,samson ,Dhoni,jadeja ,ashwin,umesh,shami ,Mohit

  • CricketBirbal on August 22, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    We need to have a pool of good fast bowlers and use them sparingly for oncoming tests. No bowler should be played for more than 2 tests at a time so that he doesn't get jaded like Bhuvaneshwar did. We need to take special care of U.T.Yadav, Varun Aaron,Ishant Sharma, Mohd Shami, Zaheer Khan ( for 1 year). Others are not yet there.

  • on August 22, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    The team needs a serious reshuffle in the oder.

    1. Samson / Dhawan 2. Rohit/ Rahane 3. Dhoni 4. Kohli 5. Rahane/ Rohit 6.Binny 7. Samson/ Raina 8. Karan Shamra 9. Bhuvi 10. Mohit 11. Umesh Yadav....

    My prediction : England Vs Inda - 3-1 One game will be rain hit.

  • dunger.bob on August 22, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    @ cricraz: What you said is fundamentally right. The onus is on foreign teams to adapt to conditions on the s/c and especially India. .. I'm pretty sure the team I support has that as a bit of a top priority. Whether they'll succeed or not is anyone's guess but it won't be for lack of trying if they don't.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Where is Varun Aaron ? He and Umesh Yadav are the kind of quickmen India should back and urge them to keep up their pace, or go faster. Due respect to Bhuvneshwar but we have pretty much seen his full potential and it's only good by Indian standards. Ishant Sharma hasn't looked like he is capable of improving any further for a long time now. In my opinion India doesn't back the right kind of quick bowlers. They seem to have this idea that pace isn't all that important. If they have that mentality they'll be stuck with mediocre bowlers forever.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Many people's confidence is high stating India won the champion's trophy in England just a gentle reminder to all my fellow Indian fans pitches during that time where sub continent like slow and turning favouring after a great win in tests English pitches shall be created to assist English bowlers.Offlate our odi record is poor and T20 we have not reached last stage except last time since 1st edition.For sure wont be a smooth sail would prefer India loosing this so some serious introspection is done and all players who take their position for granted are given a big jolt

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Some people are posting comments even without knowing who are in the squad Aaron has gone back home.India shall play the same squads like they have been playing dhawan rohit kholi rahane raina dhoni jadeja ashwin bhuvi shami umesh.Nothing much will change unless Shastri shows some action.Indian top 3 are woefully out of form.For all the Kholi hopefuls he was clueless even in IPL too so for him to come out of it and perform is a bit difficult.Raina will peppered with short balls and if he manages it will 20-30 as usual not the defining innings so batsmen need to bat extremely well and bowlers one step ahead of English counter parts to tick all boxes for India in current scenario seems difficult hope for the best

  • pravineswar on August 22, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    My team for ODI will be Dhawan, Rohit, Rahane, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Karan, Bhuvi, Umesh & Mohit Bhuvi, Mohit & Umesh can all bowl in depth. Binny can replace Jadeja if pitch is seaming. Play Kohli at 4. Play Samson at top if Rohit / Dhawan fails.

  • Indiancricinfo on August 22, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    India would like to like to play the attacking cricket to win this odi series. My team for ODI, Dhoni & Samson as an opener followed by Kholi, Rohit, Raina, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Karan, Bhuvi, Umesh. Bhuvi & Binny can open the bowling followed by the pace of umesh and the three quality soinners. Dhoni & Rani can also roll their arms, meanwhile will keep the wickets. In this team 10 can bat and a decent bowling attack too. Best of Luck

  • Ramansilva on August 22, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Indian team's current form is even below the club level. What can a bunch of IPL players do at the international level. They will even struggle to beat a county team.

  • on August 22, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    While I earnestly hope england could win the ODI series too but if we go with records then it will be very difficult for england in these shorter versions of cricket against india. India did win the champions trophy only recently which had been conducted in england and in the final india had defeated england so while india suffers test cricket in england but when it comes to ODI etc the story is totally different. ODI, T20 etc are considerably different than the test cricket format and in this format batsmen can go for their shots so runs can be easily piled up, so england's job is cut out for them and their bowlers have to try to get the indian wickets as quick as possible otherwise engalnd will definitely struggle. England need to bat very well too according to the ODI standards. Srilanks too gave lots of problems to england in the shorter versions cricket recently.

  • SagarHere on August 22, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Dhoni will not give directly chance to samson that's sure........ he is good player i like to have samson in indian team but he has to waitttttttt

  • RanKan on August 22, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    I really feel for myself and for all India fans! I do hope though that the pitches seam and swing and that the Indian team either sinks or swims. Either way some good may come of it. Either we will know that we have a competitive team for the 2015 World Cup or we will know we better start focusing on 2019 or 2023 World Cup (to qualify for them!).

  • sastry_ps on August 22, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    India will even loose this series badly. English bowlers are far better than our bowlers. Watch out for flop show of Dhawan and Raina. Wonder if we score 260+ or bat till 50 overs!!

  • ListenToMe on August 22, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Why Varun Aron is sent back? Comapring the avg of Varun and Umesh, Umesh has done better in First class matches and Varun better in List A. What is wrong with the selection team? List A performer given chance in tests and first class performer in ODIs.

  • on August 22, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    1st of all, Varun Aaron is not in the side as per above article. Team India can win this ODI series thy r better team than Eng in colours. They just need to believe in themselves and play attacking cricket. Plz include Sanju Samson in the team as a batsmen. All the best for Men in Blue...

    My team: Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Raina, Samson, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Dhawal, Yadav, Mohit..

  • on August 22, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Main question is whether england can win the odi series too or whether they are good only in the test cricket? In the recent times india has been playing very great shorter versions of cricket games so one thing is sure england is going to get a tough fight in these games. The approach for england should be to get indian wickets as quick as possible, if partnership starts building then england will have lots of problems. In SA & NZ india had suffered in the odi but it is too early to tell what is going to happen in england. Put your bestest effort, Good lucks england!

  • on August 22, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Umesh Yadav gonna be a handy bowler well India beat England in Champions Trophy not long ago . Really want see Yuvi, all the best to boys in blue

  • vick2025 on August 22, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    I'm not sure about the batters at the moment but I really hope the bowlers do well in the ODIs game, especially Umesh Yadav, Aaron, Bhuvi and Shami. We need a strong bowling team for the world cup next year and this is the time to see who should be in the squad. I think the upcoming ODIs will be interesting to watch,as shorter format is always more fun to watch. Hopefully India can bounce back atleast for the ODIs.

  • vigneshmurali on August 22, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    I don care who coaches them or what the starting eleven is.i just want india to win. We indian fans cant bear to look at our team now very depressing.Come on india think of the times when we had absolutely no bowlwers but still won the natwest series.ask dada whats it like to put up a fight.now thats being a true indian.msd time to pull up your socks

  • sergio11 on August 22, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Rohit,Dhawan,Kholi,Samson,Raina,Dhoni,Jaddu,Ashwin,Umesh,Bhuvi,Shami

  • on August 22, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Rohit Dhawan Kohli Rayudu Raina Samson Ashwin Karan/Dhawal Mohit Shami Umesh

  • on August 22, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Hello @newrichhat The point is World Cup to be played on Australia and India already raised its stakes by unbeaten run in champions trophy. So hoping for the best.

  • sreehk on August 22, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    Like Rohit, Raina is given never ending chances. Will be shocked if Raina succeeds. He will be peppered with a barrage of short balls and off-stump corridor. Waste of one place. Also it is hard to see Binny succeed, one would not like to say this but he has not really done anything to say that he inspires confidence either as batsman or bowler. At best he is an injury replacement and certainly not first choice. Not sure what really goes through the minds of people like Dhoni and Fletcher. If Ravi Shastri can force Samson into batting, it will give Dhoni a run for his money.

  • on August 22, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Why are all u so negative abt Rohit? Everyone failed in the test series. All were given a second chance but not Rohit. He scored 30 odd runs he didn't completely fail. He is a good player yet no-one wants him in odi team. Such a pity.

  • on August 22, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Raina Rohit Virat Samson Raidu Dhoni Binny Ashwin Bhuvi Mohit Shami

  • on August 22, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    its payback time now team india!!! give it your all and emerge victorious.

  • on August 22, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Hope the ODI series will give India some wins. Need to concentrate. Forget about the tests series. .My playing Xi Would be 1.Dhawan 2.Rahane 3.Kohli 4.Raina 5.Rayadu 6.Dhoni 7.Binny 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi.10.Aaron 11.Yadav

  • pharaohsdad on August 22, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Let's hope for a cracking series with Dhoni coming into his own.

    No matter what is said and done his contribution to Indian cricket has over the years been invaluable.

  • on August 22, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Good luck team India.

  • newrichhater on August 22, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Hello Cpt. Meanster: What kind of lead India is planning to take in the future when it cannot win even the Asia Cup or the T20 World Cup held on flat tracks in Bangladesh!!!

  • on August 22, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Cooks not been a great ODI player to captain his side. Lets hope it stays that way.

  • proteasfire on August 22, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    India will be whitewashed in ODIs. Change in support staff cant bring in much changes as long as the players dont improve!!

  • cricraz on August 22, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    The present Indian team's inexperience in both test cricket and swinging conditions has been exposed, but I take serious exception to the experts labeling them as " flat track bullies" They have won T20 in England and ODI world cup in India. The same bowlers who look menacing on green top overcast bouncy and pacy pitches look so helpless on the flat tracks. Why are they not chided for their lack of abilities? It is HYPOCRISY that Indian batsman have to perform well in overseas conditions but we don't have the same yardstick for overseas pace bowlers in subcontinent conditions. Why is it OK for green tracks in overcast conditions whereas a spinning track on day one in India is considered a " BAD TEST WICKET" Why is that wicket not a test of English and Australian cricketers ability to play in challenging conditions?

  • dunger.bob on August 22, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    One great thing about the change of format is that it really does wipe the slate clean and once again it's 0-0 with everything to play for. It always exciting, especially for the team that's been under the pump.

    No predictions from me, I'm just happy to wait and see.

  • jmcilhinney on August 22, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    I can understand the reasoning behind wanting to give all your players a run in the warmups but I think that most would agree that the way to achieve that is with more warmups, not fewer warmups where everyone gets a run and noone really takes it seriously. Mind you, India were better early in the Test series and lost any intensity they had as the series went on, so maybe you can't use that as a reason for the poor Test performance.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 22, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    India is on the brink of freefall. They are holding onto IPL and Limited overs cricket, simply because they are the fors that they do the best in. However, i don't think their limited overs sides will do too well for much longer either.

  • Kris7 on August 22, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Really waiting to see what Raina, Umesh and Sanju can bring in. They would have retained Varun who did a fair job during when he got opportunity in test match...

  • JustIPL on August 22, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Before thinking big about india chances in the upcoming odi series, we have to take into account that they lost both asia cup and icc 2020 outside indian conditions in asia just recently. Even the UAE leg of IPL was different from India leg for indian batters in particular. Furthermore, their best player from BD series (binny) has been declared a mediocre player in england by all the expert and even by the indian fans.

  • glen1 on August 22, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    @ ArchieDuke: easy English brother, everything you write is too condescending. Last time I checked all the top SA, NZ, Aussies play in the IPL and make a good living out of it. None of their performances have been affected by the IPL; the Indians have always had problems with swing and a combination of weather, toss and umpiring did them in. England badly needed this win, so take it and be happy. What if it was a three or two test series? Cook would have been dusted. The normally taciturn Dhoni refers to your talk as 'jealous'. BTW, have you seen the stands in most test playing countries?

  • Humdingers on August 22, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    To be expected I supposeā€¦2 steps forward, 3 back with India. They send Varun Arron back (one of the positives to come out of the test series). Send Naman Ojha back. Bring in Rayudu - wait what has he done of note again? Vijay should be in the ODI squad. Good calls on Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma though - unfortunately can't see them getting a game.

  • SRAM20 on August 22, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    The ODI squad was picked way before Shastri was called up as the Director of Cricket for this ODI series.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    I have not heard a single English fan admit how inconsistent England are in the limited overs formats of the sport. Not a single world cup in their resume. So much for such a 'proud' cricketing nation. Too much test cricket for my liking. I would like to see some of the English fans here like jb633, landl47 suggest ways how England can 'improve' in playing limited overs cricket outside their backyard instead of preaching to Indian fans about how they can improve playing the longer format. Please remember test cricket doesn't have a world cup. Winning the world cup is the pinnacle of a nation's achievements. I wish India all the best to trounce England in the ODIs.

  • on August 22, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    I think murli vijay should have been included in the odi squad as was only player in the tests who had performed and is aware of the English pitch. god save in the the selection of Indian squad

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 22, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    @ArchieDuke: As kind as your words are, I don't think India's future lies in test cricket, a dying format. India should lead from the front in limited overs cricket. India have never been a strong test nation if you look at their history. But in limited overs cricket, they are one of the best. Last but not least, the IPL is NOT a 'small Indian domestic' competition. It's a multimillion dollar international T20 league with players from all over the world and billions of people watching it both in India and overseas.

  • indianzen on August 21, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    I am sure, India are going to be very competitive in the shorter formats, but I would love to see Umesh and Varun both bowling a spell and rattle up the batsmen...

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 21, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Pujara "is likely to stay back and get in some county matches towards the end of the season".

    Good move! BUT India....

    "will play Middlesex in a non-List-A one-day game where any number of players can take part provided only 11 bat and only 11 are on the field at a given time".

    Bizarre isn't it? First class, competitive, county cricket is seemingly acknowledged as a finishing school for international cricketers yet the Indian test team were deemed not to be worthy of even a single first class game on the tour or a single List A game before the ODI's. Now who draws up the schedule for these tours? Oh yes it is the BCCI - with perhaps some input from Duncan Fletcher, the man with such a low opinion of county cricket that most of his energies during his tenure as England coach were taken up preventing the England players (even those such as Anderson who could not always make it to the playing XI) from playing county cricket!

  • on August 21, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    I don't think IPL is an issue. I big problem is that we are not ready to change our captain irrespective of the test match result. We should have changed our captain after 8-0 debacle. But we didn't and this is the result.

    In test matches you should have an aggressive captain not defensive. We should have gone for kill after Lord's win but Dhoni did? Went for defensive approach and now you can see the expected result.

  • TinuTapori on August 21, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Naman Ojha was in terrific form in Australia just couple of weeks ago. Why let him go?

    Can't figure out the minds of the selectors. No wonder team India loses. They will randomly give a chance to a new player without merit, yet someone more than eligible will sit out.

    Anyone remember Kamran Khan, the awesome bowler of Rajasthan Royals hand-picked by Shane Warne? His bowling was good and Shane Warne highly respected him. Why not groom someone like that who has potential?

  • MidhunSiva007 on August 21, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Playing XI should be below for the match against Middlesex.

    Shikhar Dhawan,Ajinkya Rahane,Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Sanju Samson,Suresh Raina,Ravindra Jadeja,Karan Sharma,Umesh Yadhav,Mohit Sharma,Dhawal Kulkarni

  • on August 21, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    I can understand the world feeling sorry for Indian cricket right now but what I cannot understand is England feeling bad about us. Wasnt it true that they lost to Australia 5-0 and Sri Lanka 1-0 in the recent past ? As dismal as the performance was for India, they did manage to win an overseas test match here. Blaming all the fingers at IPL makes no sense as that is again a form of cricket. England started with a league ages back, India just inherited it and probably made it a bigger deal !! Yes the team lacks focus, yes the team has youngsters who failed to prove outside India but that doesnt mean alarming bells. It means we need to practice more and keep the faith. England are no different outside England and at times, inside England too. Yes the ball moves a lot, but then when you come to India the ball turns and bounces and those are some conditions that most people from outside dont favor. Keep the faith and believe in Blue.

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 21, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    @ArchieDuke .... Very well said !!! I really miss the West Indian Cricket ... mainly players like Lara , Richards , Ambrose , Walsh .... They are entertainers ...... And also as an Indian fan i dont want India to become like current West Indies ..... And I surely want West Indies Cricket to develop.

  • on August 21, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Wasn't Rayudu in the A team in which Narman Ojha starred and he was just mediocre, but he is in England and Ojha goes home. Is that the best Shastri could come up with?

  • PeerieTrow on August 21, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    An upturn in the fortunes of Indian cricket must be welcomed by the entire cricketing world. The IPL, essentially a small, domestic Indian competition, has become a distraction due to the level of money involved, and the BCCI appears to have lost its focus on the performance of its national squad, which, again, appears to the outsider to have become a form of autocracy with the delegated authority of the BCCI. Ravi has appeared a voice in the wilderness until now, and I as an English fan will welcome him working to get the Indian team back to the force it has been in the none too distant past. It was said of the West Indies a few years ago that a strong WI team is essential to the health of world cricket. The same can be said now of India. We need the challenge that the diversity of northern and southern hemisphere, subcontinental and Caribbean cricket provides. Different skill sets, different abilities and the deliciously uncertain outcome in the matches. Go to it Ravi!

  • Harry31j on August 21, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Good article as always Sidharth."Duncan Fletcher will find Ravi Shastri every time he looks over the shoulder." Lol.

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  • Harry31j on August 21, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Good article as always Sidharth."Duncan Fletcher will find Ravi Shastri every time he looks over the shoulder." Lol.

  • PeerieTrow on August 21, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    An upturn in the fortunes of Indian cricket must be welcomed by the entire cricketing world. The IPL, essentially a small, domestic Indian competition, has become a distraction due to the level of money involved, and the BCCI appears to have lost its focus on the performance of its national squad, which, again, appears to the outsider to have become a form of autocracy with the delegated authority of the BCCI. Ravi has appeared a voice in the wilderness until now, and I as an English fan will welcome him working to get the Indian team back to the force it has been in the none too distant past. It was said of the West Indies a few years ago that a strong WI team is essential to the health of world cricket. The same can be said now of India. We need the challenge that the diversity of northern and southern hemisphere, subcontinental and Caribbean cricket provides. Different skill sets, different abilities and the deliciously uncertain outcome in the matches. Go to it Ravi!

  • on August 21, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Wasn't Rayudu in the A team in which Narman Ojha starred and he was just mediocre, but he is in England and Ojha goes home. Is that the best Shastri could come up with?

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 21, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    @ArchieDuke .... Very well said !!! I really miss the West Indian Cricket ... mainly players like Lara , Richards , Ambrose , Walsh .... They are entertainers ...... And also as an Indian fan i dont want India to become like current West Indies ..... And I surely want West Indies Cricket to develop.

  • on August 21, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    I can understand the world feeling sorry for Indian cricket right now but what I cannot understand is England feeling bad about us. Wasnt it true that they lost to Australia 5-0 and Sri Lanka 1-0 in the recent past ? As dismal as the performance was for India, they did manage to win an overseas test match here. Blaming all the fingers at IPL makes no sense as that is again a form of cricket. England started with a league ages back, India just inherited it and probably made it a bigger deal !! Yes the team lacks focus, yes the team has youngsters who failed to prove outside India but that doesnt mean alarming bells. It means we need to practice more and keep the faith. England are no different outside England and at times, inside England too. Yes the ball moves a lot, but then when you come to India the ball turns and bounces and those are some conditions that most people from outside dont favor. Keep the faith and believe in Blue.

  • MidhunSiva007 on August 21, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Playing XI should be below for the match against Middlesex.

    Shikhar Dhawan,Ajinkya Rahane,Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Sanju Samson,Suresh Raina,Ravindra Jadeja,Karan Sharma,Umesh Yadhav,Mohit Sharma,Dhawal Kulkarni

  • TinuTapori on August 21, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Naman Ojha was in terrific form in Australia just couple of weeks ago. Why let him go?

    Can't figure out the minds of the selectors. No wonder team India loses. They will randomly give a chance to a new player without merit, yet someone more than eligible will sit out.

    Anyone remember Kamran Khan, the awesome bowler of Rajasthan Royals hand-picked by Shane Warne? His bowling was good and Shane Warne highly respected him. Why not groom someone like that who has potential?

  • on August 21, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    I don't think IPL is an issue. I big problem is that we are not ready to change our captain irrespective of the test match result. We should have changed our captain after 8-0 debacle. But we didn't and this is the result.

    In test matches you should have an aggressive captain not defensive. We should have gone for kill after Lord's win but Dhoni did? Went for defensive approach and now you can see the expected result.

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 21, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Pujara "is likely to stay back and get in some county matches towards the end of the season".

    Good move! BUT India....

    "will play Middlesex in a non-List-A one-day game where any number of players can take part provided only 11 bat and only 11 are on the field at a given time".

    Bizarre isn't it? First class, competitive, county cricket is seemingly acknowledged as a finishing school for international cricketers yet the Indian test team were deemed not to be worthy of even a single first class game on the tour or a single List A game before the ODI's. Now who draws up the schedule for these tours? Oh yes it is the BCCI - with perhaps some input from Duncan Fletcher, the man with such a low opinion of county cricket that most of his energies during his tenure as England coach were taken up preventing the England players (even those such as Anderson who could not always make it to the playing XI) from playing county cricket!

  • indianzen on August 21, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    I am sure, India are going to be very competitive in the shorter formats, but I would love to see Umesh and Varun both bowling a spell and rattle up the batsmen...