India in England 2014 August 23, 2014

Testing times for India ODI side

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"India should play Tests in colours, and they'll start winning."

"Give Virat Kohli a white ball, and he will start getting those cover-drives right."

"India will win the ODIs, and those three-day defeats will be forgotten."

Except, will India?

The above sentiments, or similar such, expressed by Indian fans are a sign of resignation, and a statement of fact that if India do well in ODIs, the Tests debacle will be forgotten. It is, however, not as straightforward. India's ODI form outside Asia and the West Indies - similar slow pitches as back home - has been awful except for the Champions Trophy win last year. Even counting those five wins, India have won eight and lost 13 of their ODIs in England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand since the last World Cup.

This includes tours of South Africa and New Zealand where their Test side actually looked better than the ODI one, which didn't win a single game. Especially in South Africa, where you needed to do more than just the put the ball there, India looked hopeless. Their batting depth was exposed in both South Africa and New Zealand, something they haven't yet addressed. India have these five ODIs and the tri-series in Australia to sort out a combination before their World Cup defence. Conditions in ODIs in India will be so different they may as well not play them.

The two biggest questions India need to ask themselves are, if Rohit Sharma is still a viable ODI opener, and if Suresh Raina is the right man in the lower-middle order. The bowling, India can never figure out so far in advance. It has to be about whatever works on the day.

The opening act India will need to sort out. It might sound strange to even doubt an opener who is only one of the three double-centurions in the game, but Rohit is a naturalised opener, and he has been having a tough time of it of late. It was just before the Champions Trophy last year that he moved to the top of the order. His first innings there was an 83, followed by two half-centuries in the Champions Trophy. An unbeaten 141 and that double-century in the high-scoring ODI series at home seemed to have bedded him into that role as an opener.

However, the tours of South Africa and New Zealand raised question marks. He scored 182 in seven innings, including a chancy 79 in Hamilton, but his strike rate was a big problem. He begins slowly, faces a lot of dots, which puts pressure on himself and the rest. His technique is slightly too loose, in theory, for an opener. If he gets out after getting in, he almost always ends up owing the team a few balls. This will be an important series both for Rohit and the experiment. India haven't quite hedged their bets there. If Rohit fails again, it leaves the team in trouble close to the World Cup, and Rohit with another new role in the team.

Raina, much like Rohit the opener, is a valuable player in Asia. On tougher pitches he becomes a lesser player. His technique comes under scrutiny, and his part-time offspin becomes less effective. He still brings a lot of energy to the side, but he needs runs in tough conditions to justify being one of the top six batsmen - and India can play only six because the new fielding restrictions demand five proper bowlers. He will be under pressure because he was dropped after the New Zealand tour, and came back only as a captain in Bangladesh because all other experienced players were resting. That comeback has quietly continued, but will come under fire if Raina can't score runs here.

The bowling as usual will remain a bit of a hit and miss. India went to South Africa with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma as their lead bowlers, but soon realised they needed more forceful operators. In came Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. By the time they reached New Zealand, India had gone to Bhuvneshwar, Ishant and Mohammed Shami. Varun Aaron made an appearance somewhere too. On this ODI tour, there is no Ishant or Aaron. The only constants are the two spinners, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as much because of their batting as their bowling.

This series is also important because India need a bigger roadmap to arrest their overseas free-fall. There is no guarantee Ravi Shastri and the new band of domestic assistant coaches will be effective, or if Shastri will remain with the team after the series. He has had a few informal one-on-ones with Duncan Fletcher and a couple of players. He is expected to address the team formally for the first time on Saturday evening. Just pep talk won't do. He will have to come with solutions to the problems.

These are uncertain, and interesting, times for the team. They still have time before the World Cup, but not a lot of it.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY abhi_1209 on | August 26, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    IMHO at the moment, the best 14 would be as follows (in batting order) 1) Sanju Samson 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Yuvraj 5) Rohit 6) MSD 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Umesh 11) Ishant

    Extras: Raina, Binny and Shami

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 26, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Few years back, a couple of U-19 left arm spinners, who spins a great deal, had good drifts and a lethal arm ball , Harmeet singh and Kuldeep yadav done well in U-19 formats... As we have seen with Herath and Ajmal, it is the spinners who spins a great deal and lot more control, run through sides and successful in tests. It is high time, we pick couple of new comers in spin dept atleast for the WI test series who spins more and have good control and variation than Ashwin and Jadeja, who are ODI materials than Tests...

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 26, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Where are the left armers from india?? we had Zaheer, Nehra, RP singh few years back. With awkward angle and bounce, they will definitely trouble batsmen.... With Johnson, starc and Faulkner for Aus and Md Irfan, Junaid khan and Wahab riyaz for pakistan ruling the rues, we can't even found out a decent left armer in the recent past .... Has the current captain good at identifying and backing talents .... i doubt. In the past, zaheer, bhajji, sehwag, Yuvi got the captains backing and were good too .... But today Jadeja, Ashwin, Rohit and ishant got the captains, but are no where near the past 4 at same stage..

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    I think India will do really well in ODI's

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | August 26, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Wonderfully written article - especially for all those hard core ODI fans of India. I've repeated this in several forums now, and cannot emphasize more. Indian cricket has reached its nadir in the Dhoni-Fletcher era. Poor Dhoni has bore the brunt of the fan's ire, but Mr.Fletcher's performance has literally gone under the radar. I have no doubt in my mind that the team selections have been by-and-large decent enough. However, Indian bowling tactics and the lack of aggression on the field have been largely responsible for the ODI debacles of late. These are the same qualities that have impacted India's 1-13 Test record in England, Australia, NZ and SA since 2011! One is left wondering what scoreline will result in a change to the Team management & team strategies! The Fletcher-Dhoni combination must be broken at all costs. This combination can leave even the might W.Indies & the Aussies of yesteryears bruised & tattered if they manage it. It's bad management leading to bad results!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mucheemaann on | August 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    "If Rohit fails again, it leaves the team in trouble close to the World Cup" - that being the case, doesn't commonsense suggest that it is high time for the team to try out a new experimental combination in this series?

    Going by Rohit's track record, and after reading an infinite number of articles about 'Rohit Sharma's defining moments' I am slightly pessimistic about this opening combo succeeding. I hope I am wrong.

  • POSTED BY mucheemaann on | August 25, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    I don't see any value in Indians looking forward to the 2015 World Cup. I think it is time to get realistic - India could not win a game in New Zealand, against New Zealanad.

    I think it is time for Dhoni to let someone else to build a team of committed youngsters with some talent and lot of temperament, and hope for the best in 2019.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    How come India is still on No. 2 in the ODI rankings, despite all this. This means that the rankings are flawed. There needs to be a component of away wins in the ODI and Test rankings.

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | August 25, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Spot on by Monga!! Rohit, Raina, and Jadeja do not merit places in the 15. No one really understands why selectors really pick them year after year in different slots and roles. Instead of these three, Yuvraj, Irfan Path

  • POSTED BY fod-c8w on | August 25, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Couple of somewhat ridiculous observations in the article IMHO. The Rohit stat - that he made only 182 in 7 innings (avg 26) in South Africa and New Zealand, leaving India in trouble for an opener. Well, in those games, Rohit opened with Shikar Dhawan - and Shikar Dhawan made only 95 runs in 6 innings (avg 16) in South Africa and New Zealand. So, given that Rohit has also made more runs than Dhawan an opener overall (while opening together with him)...why is it Rohit who is seen as the one whose failure in ODIs in this series would be catastrophic to the side, and not Dhawan? (Oh, BTW, Rahane made 59 runs in those 6 innings...)

  • POSTED BY abhi_1209 on | August 26, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    IMHO at the moment, the best 14 would be as follows (in batting order) 1) Sanju Samson 2) Rahane 3) Kohli 4) Yuvraj 5) Rohit 6) MSD 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin 9) Bhuvi 10) Umesh 11) Ishant

    Extras: Raina, Binny and Shami

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 26, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Few years back, a couple of U-19 left arm spinners, who spins a great deal, had good drifts and a lethal arm ball , Harmeet singh and Kuldeep yadav done well in U-19 formats... As we have seen with Herath and Ajmal, it is the spinners who spins a great deal and lot more control, run through sides and successful in tests. It is high time, we pick couple of new comers in spin dept atleast for the WI test series who spins more and have good control and variation than Ashwin and Jadeja, who are ODI materials than Tests...

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 26, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Where are the left armers from india?? we had Zaheer, Nehra, RP singh few years back. With awkward angle and bounce, they will definitely trouble batsmen.... With Johnson, starc and Faulkner for Aus and Md Irfan, Junaid khan and Wahab riyaz for pakistan ruling the rues, we can't even found out a decent left armer in the recent past .... Has the current captain good at identifying and backing talents .... i doubt. In the past, zaheer, bhajji, sehwag, Yuvi got the captains backing and were good too .... But today Jadeja, Ashwin, Rohit and ishant got the captains, but are no where near the past 4 at same stage..

  • POSTED BY on | August 26, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    I think India will do really well in ODI's

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | August 26, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Wonderfully written article - especially for all those hard core ODI fans of India. I've repeated this in several forums now, and cannot emphasize more. Indian cricket has reached its nadir in the Dhoni-Fletcher era. Poor Dhoni has bore the brunt of the fan's ire, but Mr.Fletcher's performance has literally gone under the radar. I have no doubt in my mind that the team selections have been by-and-large decent enough. However, Indian bowling tactics and the lack of aggression on the field have been largely responsible for the ODI debacles of late. These are the same qualities that have impacted India's 1-13 Test record in England, Australia, NZ and SA since 2011! One is left wondering what scoreline will result in a change to the Team management & team strategies! The Fletcher-Dhoni combination must be broken at all costs. This combination can leave even the might W.Indies & the Aussies of yesteryears bruised & tattered if they manage it. It's bad management leading to bad results!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mucheemaann on | August 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    "If Rohit fails again, it leaves the team in trouble close to the World Cup" - that being the case, doesn't commonsense suggest that it is high time for the team to try out a new experimental combination in this series?

    Going by Rohit's track record, and after reading an infinite number of articles about 'Rohit Sharma's defining moments' I am slightly pessimistic about this opening combo succeeding. I hope I am wrong.

  • POSTED BY mucheemaann on | August 25, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    I don't see any value in Indians looking forward to the 2015 World Cup. I think it is time to get realistic - India could not win a game in New Zealand, against New Zealanad.

    I think it is time for Dhoni to let someone else to build a team of committed youngsters with some talent and lot of temperament, and hope for the best in 2019.

  • POSTED BY on | August 25, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    How come India is still on No. 2 in the ODI rankings, despite all this. This means that the rankings are flawed. There needs to be a component of away wins in the ODI and Test rankings.

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | August 25, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Spot on by Monga!! Rohit, Raina, and Jadeja do not merit places in the 15. No one really understands why selectors really pick them year after year in different slots and roles. Instead of these three, Yuvraj, Irfan Path

  • POSTED BY fod-c8w on | August 25, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Couple of somewhat ridiculous observations in the article IMHO. The Rohit stat - that he made only 182 in 7 innings (avg 26) in South Africa and New Zealand, leaving India in trouble for an opener. Well, in those games, Rohit opened with Shikar Dhawan - and Shikar Dhawan made only 95 runs in 6 innings (avg 16) in South Africa and New Zealand. So, given that Rohit has also made more runs than Dhawan an opener overall (while opening together with him)...why is it Rohit who is seen as the one whose failure in ODIs in this series would be catastrophic to the side, and not Dhawan? (Oh, BTW, Rahane made 59 runs in those 6 innings...)

  • POSTED BY himanshu.team on | August 25, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    There would be certain key changes from the tests here. 1. In limited overs, Englad does nto really have the firepower in batting as do Australia and SA. Our bowlers do not need ten wickets in 50 overs to win the game. They just need to concede less than what the batters score. 2. Technique won't be of that prime importance. A run-a-ball 20 or 30 is very valueble and that is where players like Raina and Jadeja look much better than they do in tests. 3. Dhoni will have far more clarity of thought both as a batsman as well as a captain. 4. If they play Samson, which they should, they have a lot of firepower in the batting. Samson is also one of those players who can drop anchor and hold an end if required, without affecting the scoring rate. So overall, I too fancy India's chances. England on the other hand will face much tougher questions as their ODI side is far from settled.

  • POSTED BY Sharath274 on | August 25, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Get Rahane to open and nos. 4/5/6 can be from amongst Rohit/Raina/Samson/Rayudu. Ashwin with better control will be preferred over Jaddu. So it cud be between Jaddu/Binny/Karn for the no. 7 spot depending on the conditions. My XI : Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli ,Rohit, Raina/Rayudu/Samson, Dhoni, Binny/Jaddu/Karn, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami/Umesh, Mohit/Dhawal

  • POSTED BY sudhindranath on | August 25, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    I find the fixation with the "dot ball count" very interesting. Well, 8 years ago, the Aussies scored 434/4 in an ODI against SA. Opener Katich scored 79 off 90 balls. Guess how many dot balls he faced? How about 46 out of 90? i.e. 51.1% !

    When they scored 434/4, how many dot balls did they face? How about 113 out of 300? i.e. 37.7%

    OK, when SA scored 438/9 in their chase, how many dot balls did they face? 98 out of 300 or 32.8% or nearly a third!

    And this was the ODI with the highest scores (and still is the match with the highest aggregate total)! Yet, a total of 35.2% of the balls in the match were dot balls (211 out of 599).

    There was no concept of "dot ball" before the T20s came on the scene. So, if ODI batsmen now come under pressure because they are facing "too many dot balls", clearly that is another example of the IPL/T20 format messing their performance in another format (and what the IPL/T20 did to the Indian Test team recently is too fresh in the memory).

  • POSTED BY Werb on | August 25, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Who is India's best player?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    play samson instead of dhawan..see what he does ..instead of giving dhawan a go give him a chance..dhawan was a utter failure

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 24, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    @ ravimenon...When was Rohit Sharma good in Australia? This is what I found on Statsguru...9 matches played 192 runs at the average of 24 runs with 66 highest.

  • POSTED BY NairUSA on | August 24, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Team India's recent ineffective performance was not due to a lack of talent for sure. The right attitude to compete seems to be a lingering problem. If the coach cannot help them achieve that mental state, who else can?

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Guess, some runs will flow out from the Indian bats now. Ahh - what a relief - to not have 4 slip fielders breathing down your neck! And a short leg guy looking at your face. Short matches - lot of cheers - quick money - back to India as HEROES!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 24, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    @ Nampally. As soon as Dhawan or Kohli take strike England's slip cordon will get larger. When you have been found out, you have been found out.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | August 24, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @ Lin Comp informs us that "Tomorrow there may be so much rain at bristol the 1st odi may easily get washed away."

    Either the rain or England will do it, but either way India will surely get washed away. A sad reality we must live with. India's rebuilding had no competent architect, plans, or builder. Time to scrap this ramshackle, ratty, falling apart hut and build something of substance, on solid foundations, that does India's great cricketing legacy proud.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Tomorrow there may be so much rain at bristol the 1st odi may easily get washed away. The weather forecast is terribly bad at bristol for tomorrow. Full 50-50 overs almost impossible to imagine, at the maximum there may be some 10 to 15 overs each side - that is also no guarantee.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Indian xi - dhawan, rahane/rohit, kohli, rayudu, rahane/raina, Dhoni, ashwin, jadeja/karan sharma, bhuvi, shami/dhawal, umesh yadav/mohit sharma ..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 24, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    India need new guys to replace the Failed Batsmen from the 5 Test series. That is the progressive way forward. Rohit Sharma is converted opener which is the first mistake. India fails to learn a basic lesson that it needs "Regular" opener not "Converted" ones in all overseas matches. Exclusion of Rayudu is puzzling! One saving grace for India is that ODI will not have the slip cordon of 5- more like 3! This may let some of the edged catches go thru' harmlessly. Dhawan & kohli will be the 2 beneficiaries!. As for the rest of the bowling, India should have retained Aaron to bowl in tandem with Yadev- both in 140 to 150 KPH range. Kumar will be effective with the new ball While Shami needs to focus more on proper length & direction. I prefer Karn Sharma instead of Jadeja for the spinner in tandem with Ashwin. Karn's RH Leg spin will be more puzzling for inexperienced England side. Jadeja is just a defensive bowler & can be expensive! Two ideal guys, Rayudu & Karn Sharma, Missing from XI.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    atleast u have some batsmen .. in pak team in odi n test v r always praying to cross 250mark ... in asia n outside asia....

  • POSTED BY ravimenon on | August 24, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Both Rohit & Raina deserves a place in the present Indian team. Both of them have some quality overseas innings under their belt. Rohit was very good in Australia, when we won the series, he played some good innings in Zimbabew tri nation, also played very in WI and some good innings at champions trophy. Same is the case of Raina. But unfortunately, both were used very poorly by MSD. There was no fixed batting position for both. It hurts the player as well as the teams. The have to give way for mediocre allrounder's like Jadeja & Binny. If you see Tendulkar's figures, first 70 odd matches he was struggling and when finally he was send as opener he started clicking. We need to stick with players who are promising and good. Rohit has 50 plus average in Test but he was not in eleven when we played against them instead Binny was selected. Umesh yadav was bowling well in Australia, then he was ignored. He should have been bowling in England along with Aarone

  • POSTED BY rohitraj94 on | August 24, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    the time has come for indian fans to move on from yuvraj harbhajan sehwag irfan or yusuf pathan zaheer khan

  • POSTED BY luv_indo.cric on | August 24, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    raina will be a good player for this odi series.if raina played test also it had been great series coz in test he can leave many bouncers without facing.and if raina was there slip cordon would have succeeded.we can see building better partnerships between raina and dhoni.jai hind.rahane samson will be a good pair to try in 1st odi as openers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    raina always gives his best performance..........he was the man of the series in india vs england series in india 2013............he did well than many others in south africa and new zealand................stop scolding him................he gives lot of energy to the team...............he surely will do goood in the coming series and gain confidence

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    India need to find 'that batsman' who can play around the world and can play at any situation it could be Virat or Rohit in the coming years or it could be a newby such as Sanju Samson. I reckon Sanju Samson should be tried to see what he offers. I reckon Virat is definitely a golden batsman for India but he isn't 'that batsman' who the team looks up to he the same as Rohit or Ravindra he was and probably is still going through a period of red hot form in ODI cricket. If I were the selector or captain my squad for the opening ODI would be Shikhar Dhawan,Ajinkya Rahane,Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Sanju Samson,MS Dhoni(capt and keeper),Ravindra Jadeja,Ravichandran Aswhin,Bhuveneshwar Kumar,Mohammed Shami and Karn Sharma I reckon the 2015 worl cup should put an expiry date o Dhoni's captaincy. He has the potential for the 2019 world cup but I reckon he should enjoy the last few years as a player rather then a leader. I would also Cheteshwar Pujara to the ODI squad he can be a regular soo.

  • POSTED BY MartinJose on | August 24, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    My ODI side would be, Rohit,Rahane,Kohli,Sanju Samson,Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Karn Sharma,B.Kumar,M.Sharma,Umesh Yadhav . Dhawan not good in overseas.Won't be much different from his recent test performance.Rahane is a patient opener.Sanju did and excellent performance for India A in Australia through out the series , did excellent wicket keeping in warm up match & excellent fielder too .Karn is a better spinner and handy to have as no:8 batsmen.

  • POSTED BY TaleEnder on | August 24, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Harbhajan & Zaheer who are proven cricketers and are supposed to be the pillars of the team by this time (in overseas conditions) are out of the team in a bundle for reasons known only to the God almighty. I wonder how come these players were heros under Ganguly/Dravid, and suddenly became zeros under Dhoni's captaincy. I suspect something in the way Dhoni "BUILDS A TEAM"..

  • POSTED BY Prakmca on | August 24, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    why only RAINA and ROHIT. Do you think DHAWAN, RAHANE, and greatest all rounder Jadeja are fit for overseas condition. Jadeja is not fit for any form of cricket. Rahane definitely NOT for ODI even in home conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    yuvi and sewag should be in team in place of rohit and rina

  • POSTED BY iNavnathS on | August 24, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    It will be a tough test for Indian batsmen as they have already struggled against the swing and bounce of English pitches. In shorter format India will have to face same good old problem of Opening partnership as Rohit and Dhawan are not in a touch of good form. If Rahane is opening with Rohit , it will be a good thing as he has the ability to rotate the strike and take the pressure off from Rohit. Middle order will be mainly dependent on Virat kohli and MS Dhoni with the help of Rayadu and If samson is getting a game it will be added advantage as he has shown a complete class of lower middle order batsman who can handle the pressure and score runs and chase the target with the help of lower order batsmen. Bowling Department will be headed by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar along with Shami and Mohit Sharma. R.Ashwin and R.Jadeja will be spin and all-rounder pair. Karn Sharma can be used as a trumcard as he is handy player with bat and bowl. Go India!!

  • POSTED BY HarrowXI on | August 24, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    1) Sanju Samson 2) Rohit ( no hit sharma) 3) Kohli 4) Rahane 5) Dhoni 6) Raina 7) Ashwin 8) Jadeja 9) Bhuvi 10) Mohit sharma 11) Umesh yadav.

    Shikhar Dhawan is useless in overseas condition. He is flat track bully( so as rohit) so i wouldnt select him.

    Personally I would like to see Vijay Zol, Umardkant Chand, Manan Vohra, Pujara,Sandeep Sharma and Baba Abarjeet to try and give it a go before we defend 2015 WC. I am sure (and hope you all agree) out of this young players will defenetely find next Tendulkar,Dravid and Gaunguly.

    Its enough from Dhoni, Fletcher and Srinivasan to keepl playing same sort of player again and again. They keep selecting Sharmas and Rainas. I am sick of it. From last 4 years its same sorts of players playing for india. no change. doesnt matter if we win or loose they will hold there places. Thanks to Dhoni

  • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | August 24, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Dhawan when he first arrived into the international circuit proved himself to be an ideal replacement for Sehwag with his aggressive batting style. But in India the moment some one performs, he gets glorified to such an extent, that it becomes difficult for him to live up to the expectations. This added pressure will not allow the player to stick to his natural strength and eventually we find them struggling. It's not only Dhawan, this happens with all our players. Recently in case of Bhuvi also, after 4 consistent performance, he was labelled as an all rounder and there after he could never play his natural game. We have a tendency to lift up players sky high And then let them fall all the way. Even Sampson will face similar fate if he is not nurtured and moulded. Cricket not only needs technique, but also mental strengths. Our fans and media really knows how to break a player. Let's all support our players and wish them the very best. Cheers!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @ FAB_ALI about pitches. I am not against Indian pitches but I would suggest pitches should be bowler friendly as most cricket rules and boundary lengths are modified for batsmen. Even now Indian pitches are not as friendly to spinners as before else our spinners are not worth as our old ones. But to find real talents, Ranji pitches should be bowler friendly. Hence we can have better batsmen and also better bowlers. Our bowlers failed to get enough wickets in England coz ours are not exposed to bowler friendly pitches. As far as my understanding, each ground will have two pitches. Let one of them as spin friendly and other as seamer friendly and play Ranji matches on those pitches to find talents from domestic circuit.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    I reken that Virender Shewag should get a chance in place of Rohit Sharma.He is much good batsman or opner of India.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    no one other than dhoni plays well overseas

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Now it is a golden chance for Dhoni to hand over wicket keeping to Sanju and concentrate on Captaincy and batting

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Hope Rains perform well in coming ODI series and gain confidence before world cup.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 24, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    I would play Sanju and karn Sanju is a batsmen like virat kohl bcuz he batted brialiantly in ipl and karn is a great bowler and take out dhawan and get robin in he scored half century against bd and got 10 consecutive 40 In t20 which is pretty good

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Now Dhoni can hand over wicket keeping to Sanju and can concentrate on Captaincy and batting, a golden opportunity Biju

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | August 24, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    they should give chances to youngsters like Bishen Singh bedi and Lala Amarnath, they are young and energetic. Please drop old players like Jadega and Kohli.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 24, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    @wapuser Raina has improved his technique against the short ball.In NZ every time he batted the required rate was above 8.He got out cheaply after trying to accelerate the innings.My point is Dhoni has to use him wisely.He has to bat before 25 overs not after 35 or 40 overs.His bowling too can be handy.As far as Rohit is concerned God only help us.

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | August 24, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Yes every country has there style of pitches but to be honest the fast n bouncey pitches are the best they don't need to have to much green on them if there's enough pace and bounce in the pitch the slow and low pitches are very boring and often produce draws those type of pitches need to spin dramatically at some point or one of the teams need to play crap in order to ger aresult as for India rohit is a great batsmen good technique I'm sure he can perform overseas he will get more consistent if they don't drop him as soon as he fails he's a talent India have to persist with raina on the other hand has more flaws in his technique this series will be agood test for him

  • POSTED BY aneeshm11 on | August 24, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Sanju Samson should play from the first match as wicketkeeper batsman. He is the next big thing in Indian cricket. The next Sachin itself i will dare to say... And dhoni should bat at no 4 as a specialist batsman so that he could use all his experience and energy to strengthen indias middle order and can play the anchor in role. He is currently one of the greatest batsman in limited over cricket.By doing so he can field in a much closer position to the bowler giving him spot instructions. Kohli should remain at no 3. And if dhoni makes rohith opener again it will be like giving a wicket to england before the start of play. Ajinkya should open with dhawan as ajinkya looks more confident in facing anderson. And india should play karn sharma also becoz eng known to be have a weakness against legspin and he can bat low down the order as well.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    The real difference between the 2 sides in tests - 1. England's slip catching Vs India's butterfingers & 2. England's 2 good bowlers & 3 below average bowlers will disappear / get neutralised in the ODI's. England's 4 slips will become 2. Our edges that got caught in the 3rd / 4th slip will get 4's to third man. Their top 2 bowlers will be allowed only 10 overs each, will take something like 3 for 50 & the other 3 bowlers' quota will get us 200.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    India looked like an extremely average ODI side when they were last in NZ. Will be interesting to see how they go in England, and if they are able to restrict the opposition from scoring.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    @Rich Kumar : tell me you are not serious.... just one series failure and here we are judging players.... can you say what you just said about kohli for dravid.also as he has test average of only 29 in south Africa,... we forget every single matches kohli has contributed for India's win, we have forgot that he was the lone man standing in new zealand when your favorite so called deserving players rahane and rayudu found wanting, we forget that kohli was the man who took us to the finals of t20 world cup and was the only man fighting toll the end... we forget that he was among the top runs scores of Indian team in aus where all the senior players were folded like pack of cards, we forget that kohli is the man who averages 50+ in odis at the age of 25 with 19 centuries, we forget that he is the one who made India a team that opposition fears when they were put to chase runs... we forget that he was the one who came out of nowhere and he a century in SA that gave us hope in these new team

  • POSTED BY RaghuProdhutoori on | August 24, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Everyone says rohit got an immense talent but how many matches do he need to prove himself as a consistent batsmen.....its already more than 100 matches and still he is an inconsistent player....as we are nearing to the worldcup better include gambhir who gets sometime to settle and he adds lot of experience at the top and he can help dhoni when his plans are not working....in the bowling its time send off either ashwin/jadeja and bring in binny/karn...samson is also a good choice for opening as he already showed his talent with India A team against the likes of Faulkner,mckay,cutting and southafrica A pacers.....common its time to move on

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    looking for an opener building upto world cup where is manish pandey and manwinder bisla

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    chances chances and chances to rohit sharma first in middle order than as an opener but he fails every time why uttapha was not given so many chances who is more attacking than rohit

  • POSTED BY SpaMaster on | August 24, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    The question with Rohit Sharma is: Can he adapt or shall we say, can he perform? Period. Overseas does not come into the picture. He is a plain bad performer. As far Raina, I don't think he is yet to prove to the world in ODIs be it overseas or India. He may have had some loss of form recently, but his frailty against short ball is not as pronounced in ODIs and T20s. I think Bhuvnesh Kumar has improved considerably and he would do well (he was the best pace bowler in IPL). I disagree with your assessment on Jadeja and Ashwin on overseas conditions. They both have bowled well in overseas ODIs. Tests are still unknown territory for them. But they have definitely played well overseas even in spinner-unfriendly turfs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @FAB ALI spot on. No other nation is as obsessed as over seas wins. Often England and Aussies fans will degrade our pitches calling them unplayable dustbowls. On the other hand when we get a pitch that seams or bounces it is suddenly hopeless batsmen. While people abused and mocked the way Virat played on these bouncing pitches did anyone mention the way Australia's next generation talent Phil Hughes played spin in India. Yes India's performance was disappointing but this happens to all players. Rahul was dreadful in 1999 in Australia and Laxman only clicked at the end. They however ended up being legends. Moreover Dhoni is also getting unfair mud thrown on him. There was hardly anything wrong with his captaincy. He had slips all the time and kept trying innovative ideas and being pro-active. The bowlers hardly did anything and when they did the slip catching let them down. As for his batting, well he was the only saving grace of India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Raina has played for 9 yrs at international level and still his credentials are questioned. I wonder how he is still surviving.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @MRCool - Robin Uthappa was once upon a time my favorite batsmen. He then decided that getting good runs playing straight is not sufficient, he should necessarily show-off his innovation skills. Uthappa developed a penchant for getting himself set, making sure the whole world realised that he could win the game single-handedly.....and then, deciding to abandon what worked for him, try to show-off & get out, thereby snatching defeat from the jaws of Victory for his side on multiple occassions - worse, the guy never learned. If Robin Uthappa decides to play good cricketing shots only, he can score as fast as AND as many as almost anybody using a cricket bat that I can think of. Only problem - Robin does not want to be considered a good batsman, he wants to be called an innovator (Just because India picked him in the 11 thanks to his talent, it does not mean he should use his talent & win the game for India).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    whenever I looked at rohit during batting I somehow felt that this guy haven't had enough sleep. He has this sleepish looks and it reflects directly to his batting form. his strike rate is very poor. he waste too much deliveries before getting out. Again it seems like he's another dhoni's favorite. He's just adding too much pressure on the lower order.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | August 24, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    The shorter the format, the less time for weaknesses to appear, that's my theory. Going with that, this ODI series will be a closer contest than the Tests but eventually the best side will win.

    I guess more faith should be placed in India than even most Indians seem to be prepared to invest because they are the current World Cup champions after all. And they keep telling us how good they are at the shorter formats.. It's hard though. It looks as though there's something wrong with them.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    whenever I looked at rohit during batting I somehow felt that this guy haven't had enough sleep. He has this sleepish looks and it reflects directly to his batting form. his strike rate is very poor. he waste too much deliveries before getting out. Again it seems like he's another dhoni's favorite. He's just adding too much pressure on the lower order.

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | August 24, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Why every time people say India should prepare fast pitches or green pitches to adapt overseas? When Australia was whitewashed in India in Tests, did you hear any Aussie say lets prepare spin friendly pitches? Last time England lost ODIs in India 3-2 and before that 5-0, so did everyone say they are hard track bullies? Then, why India is always called Flat Track Bullies, and if they are flat tracks why cant English and Aussies score there if they are scoring on their home pitches. Every country have their own style of pitches and conditions and must be proud of them rather than trying to emulate others.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 24, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    @ Siddhant Kharel So far Rohit Sharma has played 97 away games and scored 2257 runs at the average of 29.69 and at the strike rate of 72.99.... all those things you mentioned about him were in India on flat tops....not overseas. Someone has coined a appropriate moniker for his types of batsmen...FLAT TRACK BULLY...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Indian team is moving towards its old age, this is not what we expect as the world cup is coming nearer ! Look at pak team, their bowling was already dominating and now their batting is beginning to flourish, they have started to make their weak pts stronger ! as an Indian fan I respect Pakistani team and how they cope with their weaknesses and I'm worried when Indians are going to learn that how to win outside the subcontinent ? what ? After the world cup ?

  • POSTED BY fod-c8w on | August 24, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Couple of somewhat ridiculous observations in the article IMHO. The Rohit stat - that he made only 182 in 7 innings (avg 26) in South Africa and New Zealand, leaving India in trouble for an opener. Well, in those games, Rohit opened with Shikar Dhawan - and Shikar Dhawan made only 95 runs in 6 innings (avg 16) in South Africa and New Zealand. So, given that Rohit has also made more runs than Dhawan an opener overall (while opening together with him)...why is it Rohit who is seen as the one whose failure in ODIs in this series would be catastrophic to the side, and not Dhawan? (Oh, BTW, Rahane made 59 runs in those 6 innings...)

  • POSTED BY mrcool on | August 24, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    why robin uthappa never gets backing...he did well in last 2 domestic seasons....best player in IPL....one cant play well in continuous 10 matches without talent.....he just failed in one tour and got dropped...media not asking this....Rohit sharma,dhawan,jadeja,rahane flopped in many odi series...yet get chances again and again.

  • POSTED BY soorya.dhoni on | August 24, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @Realistic_cri_fan, u make a valid point, but the question is where does Virat bat then? It would be a big gamble either to make one of our best batsman to either open or bat at no.4 especially wn the WC is just around the corner.

    My XI would be: 1.Rohit/Rahane 2.Dhawan 3.Virat 4.Samson 5.Raina 6.MSD 7.SIR 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Umesh Yadav 11.Shami/Mohit.

    Umesh Yadav MUST play. He should have been a part of the test side as well. And I really wish this bloke Samson plays all the games before the WC. He might very well be the no.4 batsman we r looking for and could make a huge difference in the WC.

  • POSTED BY caldruid on | August 24, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    This is yet another disastrous overseas tour with Rohit, Raina and Dhawan - all players who look woefully out of their depth when the wickets are not flat. That leaves Kohli, Rahane and Dhoni with way too much to do. If England even bowl half as well as they did in the tests, the ODIs will be theirs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    To do well in England, as I have said many times, players need to be groomed on hard and green tops and not always play on dirt tracks. With technology at hand, India should produce such surfaces at home, in high altitude places, to cater to the rising ball so that both batsmen and fast bowlers can benefit. Unless this is done, we will see history repeating itself many times. BCCI have something to think about. It's not rocket science, but a simple rational. Otherwise stop competing abroad and keep playing the IPL.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 24, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    @realistic_cri-fan.... u seriously believe raina will do well against quality pace bowlers overseas.. or was that sarcastic ??? cos i dont see him and rohith performing these days..flat track bullies..We all knw wat steyn did to rohith in South africa..

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    I don't agree with author here. rohit sharma helds a record of hitting maximum number of sixes (that is 16 ) in an innings. He is always looking for sharp singles. bowler need to change their line length once the strike rotates. rohit sharma build partnership, he support his partner. Once he sets in than it is very difficult to take his wicket. first few test matches his averages was more than 270. rohit is a brilliant fielder and his catching percentage in slip is 71%. good fielding and good catching can lift the moral of the whole team. if rohit, raina , raydu, is in the team than captain can play only 4 bowlers. rohit, shikhar, virat, raydu, suresh, samson, dhoni, jadeja, bhuvi, aaron, umesh yadav. even if early wickets fall team can still post a good total as 8 of them are batsman and 5 of them out seven batsman are part time bowlers. dhoni is 4 main bowler and 5 part time bowler and 7 good batsman and 2 jadeja and bhuvi can bat as well.

  • POSTED BY nikkam on | August 24, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    ODI tour to england or any other country is not going to help in preparing for the world cup in australia. With the frontline batsmen and bowlers almost decided in the ODIs, it wil be better to try out youngsters to give them more international experience such that the bench strength is better and can replace frontline players during injuries. it would be better to rest kohli, shami, dhawan, jadeja and ashwin and even ashwin can be rested. Why not give rahane a try as captain? with rohit as vice captain?..maybe more responsibility will make him a better player..

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | August 24, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    This will no doubt be a very competitive and interesting series, if only two men does not interfere in it i.e. Duckworth and Lewis. There are absolutely no concerns about India's team combination, they only need to have a good opening stand and everything will start clicking.

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 24, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Get Raina at No.3.You'll see a totally different player.Most of the time he bats after 35 overs and he is asked to increase the run-rate because of some poor and slow batting by the openers.He cashes-in on whatever minimum opportunities he got.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    after this ODIs we have series at home against WI that we wil win but after that again we will have a same story repeated in AUS n unfortunately this tym world cup is not in sub continent but still hoping India to win this series as well as upcoming world cup

  • POSTED BY tambolisamir on | August 24, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Whatever all you tell, MSD will going to play these players in final 11: Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Mohit.

    I wish Karan can replace Jadeja and Sanju can Replace Rohit (& Rahane can Open)

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Openers in India must not worry about SR during the first 10 overs . India has the best accelerating batsman later on with the likes of dhoni,raina ,jaddu . Rohit and dhawan must concentrate on first 10 overs without losing a wicket. Then the match is in India's hands.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    to me, from england odi series should have been a testing periods till aus series for worl cup. I want to give one valid point to players, due to lack of talent in our coach to spotting minus points of our batsmans, yes Duncan fletcher just enjoying his job not much care there. for the australia series every batsman must have a weightless bat b coz pitches in australia is to b fast and bounce which everyone knows. if our players did not do this once again they will suffer at the hands of short balls.

  • POSTED BY swami999 on | August 24, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    The Biggest worry for indian cricket is team combination.I had followed India U19,U23 or list A cricket where team is doing well in all places of the world. Do you know why?

    Bcz in that team there are variety in each players.Even no.9 and No.10 can brought win for India.Raina & Rohit two are only BIG NAMES,I had not seen after champions trophy Rohit has played any confident single inning.Raina is not a reliable Batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    1 Dhawan 2 Rahane 3 Kohli 4 Raydu 5 Raina 6 Dhoni 7 Karn 8 Ashwin 9 Kumar 10 Shami 11 Mohit All the best

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    England's batting abilities will decide the out come of this ODI series. Batting long as well as with a good strike rate both are required for success in ODI. A batsman like Kevin Peterson could do that but he is not playing. Bell does not seem to be in form. Cook's form too is not yet clear. So the batting burden again will fall on the young and relatively inexperienced english batsmen and they did great in test cricket but only time will tell whether they can repeat that performance in the ODI too. In ODI unlike in test cricket batsman has to produce runs very fast, so only time will tell what will happen. If england batsmen can play big & long knocks like De Kock did against india in the recent SA Vs Indian ODI series then the advantage can go to england, if england batsmen fail then the compensation by their bowlers even if there is good swing etc may not be enough because the odi and test crickets are vastly different situations.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 24, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Let's be brutally honest here- neither of these teams has more than a slim chance in the World Cup. India just looks lost outside the sub-continent; those defeats in SA and NZ weren't flukes. England seems to self-destruct in short-format tournaments. In the last WC they tied with India and lost to Ireland. In the recent T20 WC they beat Sri Lanka and lost to the Netherlands.

    Going into this bi-lateral series, there are pluses and minuses for each side. England is coming off a win in the test series and has Alex Hales, a really destructive bat, in the side. India will be relieved to have got away from the unrelenting pressure of Tests and into the easier format (for them).

    However, England will be without Broad and has a real issue with its death bowling. They also have to decide whether to use Tredwell and weaken the batting or take a chance on Moeen. India has still to settle on a line-up and looks very shaky against the moving ball. Their fielding also leaves much to be desired.

  • POSTED BY Old_Legend on | August 24, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    "India will win the ODIs, and those three-day defeats will be forgotten." It is happening all the all the time. isn't it? I think some of the player in this India side want to play only limited over cricket match. its including Mr. So called cool captain DHONI. So it is obvious that they will play good in ODI's and T20's. They want to make more money and do less work. They are not after Pride nor after immorality. They don't realise tag, no matter how good they are in T20's, no body will remember then after their retiring. A Very Poor Thinking Cricketing Nation. NO HOPE until they Change their Attitude towards the cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Bring back Viru before World Cup/. He is the best opener for India.

  • POSTED BY Prathap94 on | August 24, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Don't create a Hype on "Sanju Samson". He is still a Young boy. This is his first international crciket and also in subcontinent. So, Don't put expectations around Samson.

  • POSTED BY BGKrishna on | August 24, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    Rahane and Dhawan should open, followed by Kohli, Raina, Rayudu, DHoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Umesh, Mohit, Bhuvi. Rohit doesn't have the technique nor strike rate to fit anywhere, wherease Raina at least improves fielding standards and is useful bat unless there is shortpitched stuff. Ashwin and Bhuvi will be key bowlers - Ashwin bowled well in Champions trophy while Bhuvi has used conditions well. Umesh is a toss up. If India can score 240 they stand a good chance, anything in excess of 270 would be unbeatable.

  • POSTED BY rishimonster on | August 24, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    Ideal Squad would be Dhawan, Rahane/Rohit, Kohli, Raydu/Samson, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja/Karn, Ashwin, Kumar, Shami, Sharma

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    India's ODI performance also has dipped after the India based World cup win.

    1. We just don't have reliable openers (notice, I used the plural)

    2. Our slip cordon has become slip-shod, and nullifies most of the efforts by the bowlers.

    3. Dhoni's wicket keeping standards have slipped a lot. May be battered hands.(But will India try out Sanju Samson?)

    4. Indian spinners have fallen behind even part-time or second string spinners of England. Both Ashwin & Jadja. Forget part-timers.

    5. Post Mushtaq & Saqlain, England can bowl off spin better, face off-spin better.

    The only positives(?) are:

    1.They England have an issue with good leg-spin (But will India try out Karn?)

    2. Indian seamers are bowling decently (Will the snicks of them be taken?)

    3. Indian batsman are, by and large stroke players, and in form destroy the opposition bowlers (But they are all out of form, demoralised. and still have to learn swinging ball around 140 kmph?)

    Keep fingers crossed.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 24, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    The real question is: Will there be swing? If yes, then India 0-5. If no, still Eng will win handsome since many test failures (Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami, did I miss someone?) are still part of ODIs. It's hard to come back from the thrashing in tests so quickly. Also, don't know what so called short form specialists like Raina were doing in recent days. He should have been playing in CPL to keep himself match fit.

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 23, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    "He scored 182 in seven innings, including a chancy 79 in Hamilton, but his strike rate was a big problem. He begins slowly, faces a lot of dots..."

    Well, he is an opener who starts slowly and then accelerates. Whenever he has had a substantial score, his SR has been in the 80-100 range. That is good enough to post a 300-plus score if we get a couple of lower order hitters get 30-40 each with SR of 100-150 or higher.

    The concept of "dots" came from T20s. So the so-called "faces a lot of dots" problem also comes from there. 150 may not be a good score in T20s (one may need at least 180). That doesn't mean that it has to be 450 in ODIs. When it comes to ODIs, 300 is a good score - and 375 is a fabulous score.

    No wonder the author talks about "dots" as a problem. I think this is another indicator that T20/IPL has screwed up India's one-day cricket game as well. The author is not alone in thinking that way. The players and the fans could think along those lines too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    I am apakistani but more than big fan than any indian. Yasir khan qureshi...even its looking harsh now that india have lost too many maches abroad but i am sure dhoni will surely sort it all..i am hoping that india will win & retain world champion in 50 over format again.being a pakistani some people cant believe me that how much i am passionat about indian cricket.hope indian team will sort tjis small problem very soon inshallah.thanks

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, Now is the time to think and add fresh boys into the team. Good job Sanju is brought in. Try him and Raydu in your first ODI. Be very stern with your senior players, you can win, Mahendra. You are a born leader and a great Cricketer. You should retire as the "all time best captain of India". Wish you great wins!

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | August 23, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    India need salvage pride following a discatrous test series. 1-0 up in the test series and then losing it without a fight hurts. I hope one day series goes well. I hope these changes achieve something good. Anderson and Broad pose problems for Indian batmen. They will have to face them again and show more resilient against them. It will not be easy as the momentum is with the England team. Can Indian team silenced the critics by bouncing back, otherwise it is back to square one?

  • POSTED BY wake_up_india on | August 23, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Sehwag should have been in the Indian Test squad. If he had lasted even 20 minutes he would have decimated the English attack with a score something like 85 for 1. He would have gotten out at 56 off 35 balls but by that time the English attack would have blunted. This was the strategy in Ganguly's Australia campaign and it worked. The present strategy of cosntantly leaving balls is defeatist and gives the opponents the psychological upper hand. The Austrailans don't play like that either.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    The Only Way That India Can Win The Upcoming Matches They Need Yuvaraj & Sehwag To Join In.. Otherwise There Is A Big Trouble For India.. Already They Are Behind in Test Ranking And Now It's Goin To Happen In ODI. .Bad Luck India..

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | August 23, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Here is the answer to Rohit Sharma being a valuable opener question. So far he has played 97 away games and scored 2257 runs at the average of 29.69 and at the strike rate of 72.99.... The second question is Suresh 'Short Ball' Raina....oh well, it all depends on few good short balls...two per overs are allowed? Right?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 23, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Rahane, Dhawan, kohli , Rayudu / Rohit , Raina, Dhoni , Samson, Ashwin , Bhuvi , Karan , umesh

  • POSTED BY ruskey on | August 23, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    @rich kumar...You must be really joking mate...kohli is the best batsman in the world in limited overs format..Period..Show me one batsman on this planet past or present who has acheived so much (19 ODI tons at 25 years in just 130 odd matches at an average of 52 and strike rate 90..)...His records speak for him..His is the most prized wicket for opposite teams..This england tour is probably his only failure to date..every great player goes thru such tough times.. i am sure he will come back ...Just watch the ODIs..At this point in his career, de villiers also had a similar average in tests...

  • POSTED BY dee135 on | August 23, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Why dont we try raina as an opener.... if he scores then he will score at a good rate in the starting powerplay....rohit sharma eats too much deliveries at the top and puts huge amount of pressure on the batsman to come....raina should be tried as an opener

  • POSTED BY SachinRao on | August 23, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    My XI for the 1st ODI: Dhawan, Dhoni, Kohli, Raina/Rohit, Rayudu, Samson(wk), Ashwin, Karan Sharma, Bhuvi, Yadav, Dhawal/Shami/Mohit. Dhoni should get aggressive and open. Leave wk-ing to Samson. My options are in order of preference. Raina deserves a chance over Rohit. Batting is weak but we need to attack with 5 bowlers. The players who missed the squad are Kedar Jadhav, Naman Ojha (would have continued his streak in aus if he wasnt wasted in Tests). We need to keep a lookout for Bumrah, Akshar Patel, Aaron, Y Chahal, KL Rahul, Sandeep Singh and Manoj Tiwary. Jaydev Unadkat being the best left arm medium pacer proves the sorry state of affairs in this department. Parvez Rasool similarly for off spinners.

  • POSTED BY erwin16 on | August 23, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @rich ..seriously? is kohli such a bad player??25 hundreds and he is only 25 years old,scored them everywhere.In ODI's he is class apart from all others atleast among indians.He will surely succeed in tests, give him sometime.More than anything you should keep calm and start seeing the brighter side of this/life.

  • POSTED BY BRajuBM on | August 23, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    I think you all forgotten Sehwag altogether except Javed Ahmed. Viru performed well in the IPL as compared to Gambir. I think Viru deserve a place in Indian team. Take for e.g. Misbah is 41 yrs old still playing. Viru is only 36, has so many record in all formats. He should be given a place in at least test and ODI for another 2 yrs. Hope selectors give some thought into this.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Like Raina sacrificed his 3rd number position for Virat Kohli when he was new to the international cricket, Itz time for Kohli to do the same and give his 3rd number position to Sanju Samson so that he can spend enough time in the middle to gain the confidence. Orelse he will not be able to prove his metal by batting at 7 when hardly 5-10 overs are left in a match

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | August 23, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    It'll be another whitewash for team india & it's fans, however the good going for india is that each game will be over in one day instead 3 ~ 4 agonizing & painful days. Ciao

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Ravi Shashtri's entry is acceptance that (1) Fletcher has poor communication overall with players (2) Dhoni has taken over as a one man show in his decision making (3) Players do not have to be on the edge with foreign support staff even if they have marginal achievements as they can do no damage even if they fail (4) Players are genuinely the culprits who do not care if things fall in line for themselves or the team. Hence we need Ravi Shastri to boot-strap.

  • POSTED BY Prathap94 on | August 23, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    It's Really a good point @IndCricFan2013. When the Top oreder fails, Raina gets more pressure. (3 early wickets) Those kind of situations are not good for Raina. But as a batsman, there is no excuses. U have to adapt yourself for all the batting positions & conditions. This is a BIG TEST for Raina. The team definitely - desperately need Raina and his energy. My Final choice of Ind11: 1. Rahane/Samson, 2. Dhawan, 3. Kohli, 4. Raina, 5. MSD, 6. Rayudu, 7. Jadeja, 8. Ashwin, 9. Buvi, 10.Yadav, 11.Shami

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    It does not matter what passionate Indian fans like us think about team combination . Dhoni does not use logic but his quirky instincts. Most likely Umesh Yadav ,Karn Sharma , Sanju Samson, Dhawal will miss out on first unless Shastri's influence comes into play.

    Jadeja will still get preference over Karan .Dhawal and Umesh will get chance only if others fail and only once India is desperate for a win after 2 or 3 ODIs.

    Rohit ( who is not all an opener but made one by Dhoni and Dhawan most likely to fail unless ball does not swing or seam .Raina will be suspect if plays higher than 5 or 6 .

    We can only hope promising players like Samson ,Karan can get chance . Its high time Dhoni realises importance of pace bowlers like Umesh and handles them as an attacking option not just shun them as expensive option . Pace can go for runs but can get quick wickets . Karan is high on confidence post his recent success Dhoni should give him chance and Rahane should get to open .

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    My team for the ODI Series would be, 1. Samson/Rohit 2. Dhawan/Rahane 3. Kohli 4. Raina (off spin) 5. Rayadu 6. Dhoni 7. Karan Sharma (Leg spin)/Jadeja (Left arm spin) 8. Umesh (90mph) 9. Bhuvi (Swing) 10. Mohit (line+85mph) 11. Kulkarni (Line&Length+84mph)/Shami(80 to 90mph)/Binny(Allrounder) This is the ideal team combination for India to challenge English team in the ODI Series. All the very best to Team India for the Series win !

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    HaleStorm is a coming for Shastri's TeamIndia...4-0 England seeming Bristol will be wash out

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    It is interesting to see whether rayudu gets place in playing 11 or not

  • POSTED BY BUCG on | August 23, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @Javed Ahmed: You forgot Sehwag 100% & Yuvraj %

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    Most Likely my comment will not get published because cricinfo doesn't like honest opinion. I had predicted six months back Kohli will be a failure in England! If England's bowlers target Kohli just outside the off- as they did in test- then he will be gone in a blink of an eye! It will be good for Indian cricket as an overrated player is finally getting exposed from a technique standpoint! I sincerely hope that he fails miserably so other deserving players like Samson, Rayadu, Rahane, Tiwary, get a look-in from BCCI. Another player who will fail is Rohit sharma- both these guys s have failed miserably but surprisingly, the selection board just doesn't seem to be bothered - they have given umpteen no of chances these 2-3 guys ( Kohli, sharma and dhawan).

  • POSTED BY barryrichardsfan on | August 23, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Where is Manoj Tiwary? Much better technique than Rayudu. More importantly a level-headed guy, definitely more raliable. Best fielder in India.

  • POSTED BY barryrichardsfan on | August 23, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    From what I have seen over the years, Kulkarni, Bumrah, Sandeep, Mohit, Bhatia, Abu Nechim are the bowlers in domestic circuit having the skillset to succeed in limited overs internationally. Sadly no promising left-armer coming through the ranks. Bumrah is good and looks like has the control hitting that yorker length but not in selectors radar as of now. So I would like to see Mohit, Dhawal and Umesh( he can be lethal down-under on his day). My squad( me the selector ;-) ) - Rohit Dhawan Kohli Dhoni M.Tiwary Raina Jadeja Chawla Dhawal Mohit Umesh. Please bring in Tiwary for Rayudu and Chawla for Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY rahulkhemka.13 on | August 23, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    if Ambati Rayudu would have got as many chances as Rohit Sharma got, he would have been a better a player than viral kohl. Nevertheless, Rayudu should be given a chance in every match as he has a wonderful record overseas and is the best prospect for the world cup squad. his under-19 and recent records makes that clear too

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    My team would be Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane/Rayudu, Dhoni, Sanju, jadeja/Karn, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami In this team, if the opening combination does not work, rahane can come & open.. Sanju is in bcoz, i really dont want Dhoni behind the stumps taking the additional responsiblity, & Dhoni can concentrate on captaining & batting, moreover Dhoni can bat up the order too.. Also, I would prefer Karn over Jadeja, simply bcoz he's a leg spinner, a wicket taker..

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | August 23, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    India will lose the ODI Series as well. Just wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY Collegefastbowler on | August 23, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    The selection of the Test teams under Dhoni has always been puzzling. One or more best players were always left out and a few selections did not appear to be on merit. In Test cricket you need to put 350+ runs on the board and take 20 wickets but the selections always left chinks in the armor for the opposition to exploit. Remember the case of RP Singh who was called out of retirement on the last tour to England. Also see the case of Binny on the current tour while Umesh Yadav is in Australia with the A team. Arguably Yadav and Aaron are the best pace bowlers in India at the moment and bowling in tandem they can test any opposition with serious pace. But Dhoni has preferred medium pace trundlers who can deliver only if the conditions suit them.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    With all these odd's, the only possible team I feel for world cup is:

    Openers: Dhawan, Sampson Wicket keeper: Dhoni Middle order: Kohli, Raina, K Jhadav, Rahane, MTiwary Allrounders: Ashwin, Jadeja, KSharma, RDhawan, Bhuvneswar Bowlers: Aoron, D kulkarni, Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohit sharma

    Final 11: K Jhadav, Sampson, Kohli, M Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvneswar, K Sharma, D Kulkarni, Aoron

    Complete Fast bowling pitch:

    K Jhadav, Sampson, Kohli, M Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni, RDhawan, Bhuvneswar, D Kulkarni, Bumrah, Aoron

    Fast bowling and bouncy pitch:

    K Jhadav, Sampson, Kohli, M Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni, Bhuvneswar, K Sharma, D Kulkarni, Bumrah, Aoron

    Batting pitch:

    K Jhadav, Sampson, Kohli, M Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneswar, K Sharma, D Kulkarni

    Spin pitch:

    K Jhadav, Sampson, Kohli, M Tiwary, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja,, Bhuvneswar, K Sharma, D Kulkarni

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | August 23, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    I do not think Raina is an issue, he is a T20 player, who comes in around 35+ overs to get quick runs and chase down the target if India bats second. The problem is if the top 5 fail, then his responsibility is to hold and score runs for 30 plus overs, he is not fit for that outside Asia. Mainly if Rohit and Dhawan fail, then Raina is in trouble.Raina is also a great fielder and may be a 4 over ( t-20 stlyle again) bowler. If he bowls good, Dhoni should not take a chance and give him more overs, then he will leak runs. Get him bowl, few (4 or less) quick overs, if required. So, over all use Raina like a T20 Player required for an ODI, not a test player who aggregates runs in ODI. That is Rohit, Dhawan and Rahane's job and Let Kohli play as he always plays, with MSD and Raina as T20 finishers

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Where is rishi dhawan. India needs him. Wake up selectors. HE seems to be the best allrounder at the moment

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Why not bring Yuvi? We can have him in the team for the World Cup. If he starts to fire, India will be in a very strong position. He was in very good attacking form in the last few games of IPL

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 23, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Gud review mr sidharth..say for the past 15 years, opening stand was one of the main strength of india..be it sachin, ganguly,sehwag or gambhir..dey were scoring at a nice rate in most of the matches... But as we analyse nw..rohith is batting like a man coming frm 70s .. hes putting a lot of pressure to the middle order...I think rahane will be a good option for opener slot.And in raina's case every tom dic and harry knows his susceptibility to short balls.. samson desrves to be in the middle order ... I never got the point why india is still persisting with jadeja ..ashwin and karn sharma can be tried in tandem..3 fast bowlers are must in overseas condition..umesh , aaron and bhuvi will gud..i wish irfan was in form so that he could be added to the squad in the role of a fast bowling allrounder My team would be 1.dhawan 2.rahane 3.kohli 4.samson(wk) 5.dhoni(c) 6.rayudu 7. Ashwin 8.K sharma 9.bhuvi 10. Umesh 11.ishanth

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    dhawan60% rohit30% virat80% samson95% raina70% dhoni90% jadeja80% ashwin55% bhuwan90% yadav80% shami 85% percentage of deserving in their place. sorry rahane

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | August 23, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    I don't think India are as good at even the ODI forms of the game as they think they are. They will be sorted out in England and Australia after that for mine.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    seems like pujara is out of the race now... my best XI would be rahane/dhawan/kohli/rohit/dhoni/raina/ashwin/bhuvi/umesh/Aaron/shami

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Haven't seen dhawan played fine anywhere these days.. Better to go with rahane as the opener.. My best 11 is rohit, rahane, kohli, jadeja/sanju, raina, dhoni, ashwin, karan Sharman, bhuvi, shami, umesh.. I have moved jadeja up the order based on his domestic triple hundreds.. Let us try.. Remember karan sharma has a good technique with the bat too...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Wrong selections Raina and Sharma will not do well outside asia. why not try a Jadhav or Ojha etc. Also another spinner who bowls better overseas

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    The first one day result on monday will tell us the future of the Indian team. If they wins the 1st race out of the 5 races then it will raise our confident a big high and there's a better chance of winning the series or if failed then i am afraid to say that we will gift this series also to the British. Come on India. We fans are behind each one of you. Let's put a great show on Monday. All the best wishes.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Team should change according to conditions and the place they are played. An approach of selecting specific teams based on the formats is much needed. This is the first area India is loosing in. Improper team selection. Next, Dhoni's selection of his favorites is one more concern. Fletcher's inability(as a coach) to spot the talents in India is one more issue. Improper planing by BCCI and not allowing our young cricketers to play in foreign conditions/counties is also an issue. India as an under-19 team is faring very well but once the players enter into ranji's, they are becoming an ordinary players(reason being batting friendly conditions and spin that too one-dimensional spin). Lot of reason for this debacle. You can't just blame the players. They are not brought up playing in those conditions. It is responsibility of BCCI and Coaching staff to make the players play under such conditions.

  • POSTED BY diehard-indianfan on | August 23, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    india will lose 5-0..let's see if we can win the lone T20I

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Raina Rohit Virat Samson Raidhu Dhoni Binny Karan Bhuvi Shami Mohit

  • POSTED BY Sajayapa on | August 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Although Dhoni is a great ODI captain, but we never seen him building a team. We did not see any consistent playing 11 in the last 6 years, players are coming and going. Now only 3 players are left from the last winning world cup. We need to build a team for next 2 world cups.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    india should do well in the world cup because itll take place at the end of season for Australia. Conditions will be slow and low (much like the champions trophy).

    Sad bit is that as a fan I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that no way can our team survive on good, hard, bouncy pitches..Can't really blame them considering the sub-standard pitches they are used to back home(starting from school cricket). The dravids and tendulkars were once in a generation talents..one being a freakishly hard worker and other had just too much talent.

    Cricket is dying a slow death my friends..lets just relish whatever is left of it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    The last time in 2011 with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid ( he was asked to remain back for the ODI series remember) the best Indian batsman on show during the ODIs was MS Dhoni. He was in fact the lone ranger, as he has been this time around in tests. This time too it won't be different. Dhoni has been for a few years now India's most reliable ODI batsman. He therefore needs to bat up the order if India is to do well in England.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    I fail to understand how a team with so much money and resources struggle outside the Indian sub-continent when we have all the means to create "English" or "South African" pitches in India and have our batsmen and bowlers get used to them before the tours. Plus its high time we have separate "specialist" ODI and Test teams so that the players can focus on their respective roles and perform well. I hope this Indian team fights back and give us spectators something on this series to cheer about! Good luck, team India!!

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | August 23, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    If Ashwin can face the new ball, it will free up one slot for middle order and Karn Sharma can be played as a decisive bowler, which Ashwin is not. It seems Shastri and Ashwin have similar approaches to the game and may be something can be done there. None of the other guys Kohli, Rahane etc. are suited for the opening slot. Wonder, if Rayudu can be tried as an opener?

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    The best Eleven which will be more comfortable for Dhoni will be.... 1 .Rahane 2.Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.Samson/Rohit 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Ashwin 8.Karn Sharma 9.Bhuvaneswar 10.Umesh/Shami/Aaron 11.Mohit

    Reason: Sanju has that ability to play proper cricket in mid innings. He n Kohli can do that easily. Rohit...i donno wat to talk.....Better, open with Rahane as he is more comfortable. One better new ball bowler i.e Kumar, one good bowler for depth i.e Mohit with slower deliveries. Middle overs spells by karn n ashwin. For attacking option with shoerter spells go for Aaron or Umesh giving free license to go at batsman.

    This will be the better combination.....what do u say guys????

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  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    The best Eleven which will be more comfortable for Dhoni will be.... 1 .Rahane 2.Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.Samson/Rohit 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Ashwin 8.Karn Sharma 9.Bhuvaneswar 10.Umesh/Shami/Aaron 11.Mohit

    Reason: Sanju has that ability to play proper cricket in mid innings. He n Kohli can do that easily. Rohit...i donno wat to talk.....Better, open with Rahane as he is more comfortable. One better new ball bowler i.e Kumar, one good bowler for depth i.e Mohit with slower deliveries. Middle overs spells by karn n ashwin. For attacking option with shoerter spells go for Aaron or Umesh giving free license to go at batsman.

    This will be the better combination.....what do u say guys????

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | August 23, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    If Ashwin can face the new ball, it will free up one slot for middle order and Karn Sharma can be played as a decisive bowler, which Ashwin is not. It seems Shastri and Ashwin have similar approaches to the game and may be something can be done there. None of the other guys Kohli, Rahane etc. are suited for the opening slot. Wonder, if Rayudu can be tried as an opener?

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    I fail to understand how a team with so much money and resources struggle outside the Indian sub-continent when we have all the means to create "English" or "South African" pitches in India and have our batsmen and bowlers get used to them before the tours. Plus its high time we have separate "specialist" ODI and Test teams so that the players can focus on their respective roles and perform well. I hope this Indian team fights back and give us spectators something on this series to cheer about! Good luck, team India!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    The last time in 2011 with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid ( he was asked to remain back for the ODI series remember) the best Indian batsman on show during the ODIs was MS Dhoni. He was in fact the lone ranger, as he has been this time around in tests. This time too it won't be different. Dhoni has been for a few years now India's most reliable ODI batsman. He therefore needs to bat up the order if India is to do well in England.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    india should do well in the world cup because itll take place at the end of season for Australia. Conditions will be slow and low (much like the champions trophy).

    Sad bit is that as a fan I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that no way can our team survive on good, hard, bouncy pitches..Can't really blame them considering the sub-standard pitches they are used to back home(starting from school cricket). The dravids and tendulkars were once in a generation talents..one being a freakishly hard worker and other had just too much talent.

    Cricket is dying a slow death my friends..lets just relish whatever is left of it.

  • POSTED BY Sajayapa on | August 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Although Dhoni is a great ODI captain, but we never seen him building a team. We did not see any consistent playing 11 in the last 6 years, players are coming and going. Now only 3 players are left from the last winning world cup. We need to build a team for next 2 world cups.

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Raina Rohit Virat Samson Raidhu Dhoni Binny Karan Bhuvi Shami Mohit

  • POSTED BY diehard-indianfan on | August 23, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    india will lose 5-0..let's see if we can win the lone T20I

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Team should change according to conditions and the place they are played. An approach of selecting specific teams based on the formats is much needed. This is the first area India is loosing in. Improper team selection. Next, Dhoni's selection of his favorites is one more concern. Fletcher's inability(as a coach) to spot the talents in India is one more issue. Improper planing by BCCI and not allowing our young cricketers to play in foreign conditions/counties is also an issue. India as an under-19 team is faring very well but once the players enter into ranji's, they are becoming an ordinary players(reason being batting friendly conditions and spin that too one-dimensional spin). Lot of reason for this debacle. You can't just blame the players. They are not brought up playing in those conditions. It is responsibility of BCCI and Coaching staff to make the players play under such conditions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 23, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    The first one day result on monday will tell us the future of the Indian team. If they wins the 1st race out of the 5 races then it will raise our confident a big high and there's a better chance of winning the series or if failed then i am afraid to say that we will gift this series also to the British. Come on India. We fans are behind each one of you. Let's put a great show on Monday. All the best wishes.