India v England, 1st Test, Ahmedabad, 5th day

Ojha, Pujara secure crushing India win

The Report by David Hopps

November 19, 2012

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India 521 for 8 dec (Pujara 206*, Sehwag 117, Swann 5-144) and 80 for 1 (Pujara 41*) beat England 191 (Ojha 5-45) and 406 (Cook 176, Prior 91, Ojha 4-120) by nine wickets
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Pragyan Ojha and Ajinkya Rahane celebrate a wicket, India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 4th day, August 26, 2012
File photo: Pragyan Ojha took the crucial wickets of Matt Prior and Alastair Cook on the final morning as India cruised to victory (ESPNcricinfo is not carrying live pictures due to curbs on media) © AFP
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India went 1-0 up in the Test series with three to play when they rolled over England on the final day at Motera, taking the last five wickets by lunch to leave themselves needing only 77 for victory and then gambolling to victory with almost indecent haste in less than 16 overs. India can congratulate themselves on engineering a perfect victory; England must embrace change.

India had to labour long and hard to bowl out England a second time, spending ten-and-a-quarter hours in the field, but when they batted again, it was a breeze as Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara unveiled a succession of unrestrained attacking shots that made a mockery of England's painstaking attempts to save the Test.

Sehwag, a batsman who knows no fear, and who clearly could not care less whether he added a bit of red ink to a formidable Test record, was caught on the boundary trying to hit Graeme Swann for six, but Pujara, whose sterling double hundred in the first innings had been the cornerstone of India's victory, sallied on. He looks to be a formidable young player.

One sublime piece of footwork by Pujara, as he advanced to drive Swann through extra cover, was better than anything produced by England in the Test, a reminder that as staunchly as Cook and Prior resisted, they will need a more enlightened approach in the field and in their selection to force their way back into the series in the final three Tests.

On another still, blue morning in Ahmedabad, Pragyan Ojha claimed the key wickets of Cook and Prior as he found more turn than India's spinners had managed on the previous day. Ojha took 4 for 120, to finish with 9 for 165 in the match.

Cook had organised epic resistance after England had followed on, 330 behind, but India's resolve was reborn after a night's rest and when he was seventh out, beaten by sharp turn and low bounce, the game immediately looked up.

Matt Prior and Cook had joined forces in a sixth-wicket stand which had given England a 10-run lead overnight and stirred tentative hopes among their supporters that they might save the game.

But they added only 16 runs to their overnight score before Prior was out in the 10th over of the morning, pushing too early at a nondescript delivery from Ojha that presumably held on to the surface and offering a simple return catch. They had put on 157 runs in 61 overs.

Cook's innings spanned more than nine hours, one of the greatest rearguard innings ever produced by an England captain, but while it had led England from a sense of despair after their first-innings collapse it looked unlikely to spare them from defeat as, four overs after Prior, he too fell.

Broad's batting has become a liability, the belief that he offers extra depth to England's lower order resting on a reputation no longer backed up by statistics. He provided a second return catch of the morning, a wooden push at Umesh Yadav off the leading edge.

India's anxiety to force victory in a game they had dominated from the outset was evident. As Broad shadow-practised the shot and patted down some damage to the pitch, Ojha, his passions overflowing, sensed that he was trying to damage the surface for England's bowlers and gave him a send-off intense enough for the umpires to intervene to calm things down.

Prior had taken guard outside his crease to nullify the roughest areas and Swann took that to further extremes, standing a good yard beyond the line. India, apparently, were not impressed by the tactic, suspecting foul play and an attempt to make the surface disintegrate.

At eight down, with more than two sessions remaining, England's cause required not just blocking, but something extraordinary. Swann's ambitions were clear when he slog-swept Ojha for six, but a switch hit against R Ashwin had a more calamitous outcome as the ball was too full and his middle stump was flattened. Ashwin, who had taken his first wicket in his 43rd over, on a slow turner that had brought him little sustenance, must have been grateful.

Tim Bresnan, who was lectured by Aleem Dar, the umpire, for running on the pitch, followed in the next over, pushing a driveable ball from Zaheer Khan to short extra. India were almost home.

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Posted by oneupnowuv on (November 21, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

if it turns square in mumbai like it used to,a left arm spinner will run thru the batting of england.chennai generally keeps low,kolkata is high scoring one with some bounce helpful for spinners but we hv had some very good matches at eden. overall difficult times ahead for visitors.watch out for kohli. really happy for ojha,yuvi and umesh.ojha shld be our first choice spinner abroad he can take wckts with his accuracy#anil kiumble and flight ...smthng ashwin misses.

Posted by Rogerunionjack on (November 21, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Well played India, we were beaten fair & square. No complaints about the pitch or umpiring as it was the same for both teams. The major difference was our first innings collapse, and from then on we were always playing catch up. Hopefully, lessons would have been learnt, and Flower would be better prepared for Friday. Best of luck to both teams.

Posted by Meety on (November 21, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

@JG2704 on (November 20 2012, 08:55 AM GMT) - Yep, I would imagine Woakes would be a better fit for England than Patel (no pun really intended). I think he is more of a batsmen & bowler in his own right & a better fielder & judging by recent performances - the fielding does need to be lifted. Having Woakes @ #6 or 7, makes it easier to select 2 spinners. @GrtIndia_Ann on (November 20 2012, 17:08 PM GMT) - just bear in mind, that the Newlands test was dominated by atmospheric conditions more so than the pitch. When the cloud was down, the ball swung alarmingly - once the sun came out, the pitch was true. There was nothing for the ICC to inspect!

Posted by Agila on (November 21, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

@Satanwish, yeah then the top has to be green, the sky has to be overcast, ball has to bounce and swing , track has to be fast, so used to use the pace of the bowlers. Remove all the conditions above, a normal spinner can bamboozle them.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Even in India also selectors still are considering Zaheer Khan in test. Tour time we can understand, but in India; he has not that much role to do especially he cannot bat. In India selectors need to give chance some bowlers who can bat and ball, Irfan Pathan or Bhuvaneswar Kumar (he proved already in internal matches) or same like that somebody. Otherwise Indian tour time they need to select like RP Sing, or Munaf Patel who are sleeping without matches.

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (November 20, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Well played India and excellent fightback by England in their second innings. Cook, Prior and Swann were the only 3 players however who actually "fought" this game from the English side, especially Cook and Swann. Swann bowled his heart out in the first innings.

It is really nice to see that most of the English commentators here being gracious in defeat and giving India their deserved credit. I believe overall this was a very nice test cricket game, but there are a few things I think to be discussed here more. One is the obvious why and how exactly Trott escaped with that claimed catch ?? There was a Pakistani player who got punished recently and yet there is not even any kind of talk here about that incident, these are the things exactly that set precedents. Another is the actions of Broad on the pitch, though i am not sure but he looked as if intentionally trying to deteriorate the pitch near the crease, Pragyan Ojha had even had a word with him during the match.

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (November 20, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

@satanswish: well ...i wonder how did u miss out all those test matches in which England ,Australia and SA wrapped up the test match in a matter of three days or four days aginst asian visitors...if it was inability of Asian batsman to survive on green tops ...so is the inability of non asian batsmen to push the test to fifth day (thanks soley to cook and prior ..this match did see fifth day sunshine) on spinning tracks ....

not to mention about the test between australia and south africa in capetown last year in which parts of all four innings are played on same day....and no one complained abt the quality of pitches then.....

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 20, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

@WhoWhatWhy: I am not sure what to make of your response as my statement re. 'Pujara the next Dravid' was for all those Indians who claim to have found the new Dravid in Pujara. It' s way too early to make that claim and not enough sample size to make the comparison. Also mate it is a team game when Dravid did not score as much as in AUS and SA as he did in ENG there were Sachin and VVS who scored agnst the Aussies. @Humayoun: Honestly it doesn't surprise me that you feel this way..who r v kidding right. How can anything be better when it is India.

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 20, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

@fr600 you are very brave to remind the ranking! FYI when England lost in UAE what was the ranking of PAK? England was on at 1 for sure, very unfortunately they lost it at their HOME SOIL to saffa. Still full marks for you to bringing this subject in conversation.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (November 20, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

@ satanswish yeah right!! Did u not watch SA vs Aus match. How amazing was the pitch?

Posted by ddmumbaiindian on (November 20, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

I'm surprized to see comments by both Eng and Ind fans about Indian performance at home vs away. If India utilized home condition to its advantage they are 'back yard bullies' and 'flat track bullies'. Sincere request to coin some term for a team who has not won a series in India for more than 3 decades. Even Punter's Oz could not concur India in India. Guys lets be fair, both spin and pace bowling are part of Cricket. And I stand to correct all who term Indian wickets as dead. If bouncy tracks are live, than even Indian tracks turn. It requires tremedous talent to play against spin and bat long. The reason why India had reached no 1 was because it had defeated Eng and NZ in their back yard. Levelled the series against SA and had given tough fight to Oz (would have levelled had Steve Bucknor not been so generous to Oz). Cricinfo for gods sake please post.

Posted by Nampally on (November 20, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Nish_us: All 3 sets of your comments are valid. Firstly, there are lots of people comparing Pujara to either Dravid or Laxman. But Pujara is unique & himself & it is wrong to compare him to anyone. He is fine batsman with excellent technique & infinite patience. He has scored about 15 first class centuries out of which about 8 exceeded 150 runs. In his first 5 tests he already has a double century. Also he has captained India U-19 & India A & will lead India soon. No curator can prepare pitch made to order. Yes Indian seamers bowled very well & got 6 wkts. between them out of 20.I felt the same about Ashwin. Every great bowler has 2 excellent balls which help him take wkts.Ojha did exactly the same with unerring accuracy & benefitted. But Ashwin tries too many variations. It is like "Jack of all trades but Master of None". Indian team was baulked by a pitch which slowed up with time. This enabled England to bat well in the second innings. Even India knocked off 80 runs in 17 overs!.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 20, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Agree with other posters on this board - we need to give a long rope to Ashwin. He didn't do much in the 2nd innings, but he is still better than the other option - Bhajji. Can our selectors have the guts to tell Tendulkar - this is your last match - Score some runs or you won't get another match. After all, how long can we carry a liability like 10dulkar on our books???

Posted by satanswish on (November 20, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Set up ugly wickets that turn from the first day of the test and you become invincible on the home ground. Only sporting wickets which give all 5 days of entertainment are prepared in Australia and nowhere else.

Posted by JaganDashers on (November 20, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

I think people who wants bhaji back for ashwin, have very short memories... Here is the guy who became fastest indian in test match history to take 50 wickets on the 2nd day of this test match.. how do you ask him to be dropped???? what bhajji has done extraordinarily to get back to side??? Everyone talking about Ashwin failing in Australia... Just to remind you people Bhajji has failed in India as well to get dropped. What Indian seamers did in favorable Australian conditions??? As far as I'm concerned these 2 spinners compliment each other very well, which is very important. Compared to having a senior and junior spinner. I'm sure dhoni would not break that combo in mumbai...

Posted by bhrangi on (November 20, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar : Nothing wrong in having dravid as ur idol., But don't disrespect other especially Sachin. Look at the overseas averages of sachin and Dravid, then talk here., Sachin, VVS and Dravid were legends. Just because you are loving dravid , don't throw thrash on sachin.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

@Meety - Bairstow was IMO a better bet than Bell anyway. Maybe Prior could bat up the order - he's good enough to do so but I wonder if he is suited at number 6 or 7. Also you are then taking away a bit of solidity from the lower middle order. Re "Just saying that Flower may need to look out of the box a bit" - Tell me something we don't know. I'm still not convinced about Patel either- think he might be one of those players whose batting isn't quite good enough and bowling not quite good enough either but he's there on his warm up performances. As you and others said Woakes seems tailor made for the number 6 slot. His batting in 2012 has been good enough even if he couldn't bowl and we could have had a bowling attack of Woakes,Anderson,Finn,Monty,Swann

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (November 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

Some of you here are suggesting that Ojha should be the MOM and not Pujara. I totally disagree with that because Pujara ensured that we have a big score in the first innings which by itself generated lot of pressure on England. Generally, good batsmen score centuries but only a few of them are capable of scoring double centuries. Taking 5 wickets is akin to scoring a century, a double century then should be akin to taking 10 wickets and Ojha hasn't done that both the innings put together. Moreover, Ashwin started it all in the first innings including picking up the all important wicket of Cook, so Ojha had support in the first innings. Second innings anyway was a slog for all the bowlers and what won us the match was the first inninigs lead for which Pujara is directly responsible.

Posted by crindex on (November 20, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Ashwin will show his mettle in Mumbai. Selectors must give Ashwin long rope such as the one they gave Bhajji. He is sure to shine.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (November 20 2012, 07:12 AM GMT) : Conveniently forgetting India's tour of WI under Dravid's captaincy ? Many of Sachin's innings overseas have also been complemented with VVS , Dravid's knocks.It's unfair to say Sachin has performed more than Dravid overseas. IMO all have been greats in their own way.

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (November 20, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: I accpet that Dravid is grt batsman...but he is not the best of asians when it comes to playing overseas.....i would say except for 2003 Aussie tour, he never played any gems overseas that have turned matches on head....even 2003 success can be largely atributed to VVS rather than Dravid.....he has got poor record in SA aswell as in Aus.....When it comes to playing overseas Gavaskar and Sachin are way ahead of Dravid....the irony of the story is...every time Dravid plays a gem there are other batsmen and bowlers to backhim up leading to Indian victory (similar is case with VVS).....but thats not the case with Sachin....every time he plays a gems,,,it looks as if entire team is so keen to make a fool of him.... Dravid has got an average of 41 in aus and 29 in SA.....Sachins average and number of runs scored there are way ahead of Dravid....Saying so...I still appreciate Dravid as grt batsman.....

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 20, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

Play two specialist spinners, someone needs to paste that every where Eng team goes, on the hotel room doors and even on their team bus. Monty gave us heck of a time in UAE and bowled well in SL as well, why is he not picked. These pitches are DEAD, this herd of support staff, Flower and a thousand others, what exactly are they doing? How can broad or bresnan get anything out of these pitches with the pace they got. Forget playing three seamers as its all useless, play as many seamers as you like but both Swann and Monty should be in the team otherwise im not even watching it.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 20, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

England team is as good as my school cricket team with no real skilled boys with two average batsmen and a spinner with others being in the team to fill up the remaining 8 slots.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Not to put Pujara down, I feel the MOM award should have gone to OHJA. bowlers dont really get the recognition that they deserve in victory. Batting was easy but bowling needed constant persistence.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Pace and liquid pace: accurate ,straight ,nothing on the pads is what is required to beat India.Swann can only support.The great fast bowlers have always come to India and won matches here.Illustrations are Mckenzie,Roberts ,Holding Willis,Lever,Marshall,Hadllee,Botham,Akram,Shaoib ,Mcgrath and Gillespie.Come on England,bring on the real Quicks and let be between your quicks and Indian spinners.This kind of contest what the fans are looking.

Posted by grizzle on (November 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

What made me happier than anything else about this Test win: the fastest bowler on show was Indian! (who'd have thunk it?!) And what's more, the Indian pacemen did better than their (more accomplished) English counterparts! Amazing!

Posted by fr600 on (November 20, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

It's just one test match. England is still ranked 2nd, and India 5th.

Posted by ghechu on (November 20, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

It was a very emphatetic win for india....lets hope the team continues this kind of form in the next tests.....its good to see shewag and yuvraj in their best forms..:)

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (November 20, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

@JG2704 "that coupled with the fact that he's missing the 2nd test anyway so even if he performed well" Any reason why Bell wouldn't be there in second test? I know his place is in doubt after the first test but how would you know about his place in second test even before he played first test? Is he going back to England for some personal reason?

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

RAJESH_INDIA_1990: "Cook is 27 years old and he already scored 21 test centuries..surely he will go into the record books as the best batsman produced by england ever". You replace the word England ever with WORLD EVER.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

9 wicket win is still a thrashing. England got beaten in the game they invented.

Posted by VinodGupte on (November 20, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

@whoshwtwhy - you stole my words. dravid was a good batsman but he has a very poor record in AUS, SA and SL. he has scored only 1 century each in these countries. his record is better in NZ, WI and ENG but the bowling attack of these nations can't be compared with that of AUS and SA.

Posted by son07 on (November 20, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

well played team India but it would be better if india hv won the test match within four days..England's point of view well played cook,prior & swann.. cook & prior bated really well in second innings..again time to thinking for Dhoni's captancy..it was good in first inn but in second inn..???

Posted by mansman on (November 20, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

@IndnCrktfan, mate your "the great wall" Dravid's stat in Aus and SA is not too flash. 41 in Aus and a lowly 29 in SA. How is Dravid considered a master technician with the best technique remains ever a mystery to me. Pls publish.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (November 20, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

Well played India. Heartening to see the young players stepping up and winning the match. England got a lot of strength in batting and should've saved the Test match for sure. Its clearly a case of their minds playing tricks with them. Trott, Bell, KP are all world class players. I am sure Andy Flower is giving them a piece of his mind. Even if they can't emulate Pujara's technique, they ought to follow Cook's approach. Its an obvious thing to say, but sometimes the obvious gets lost in the haze of a defeat.

Posted by NP_NY on (November 20, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

As expected, there is a war of words going on between some Indian and England cricket fans about the quality of pitches, umpiring, DRS, etc., with the occasional Pak fans chipping in with their comments about how Pak team is better than India. Does anyone enjoy a good 5-day test match anymore? This match had two great examples of classical test betting. Pujara's was a masterclass and Cook's resistance was reminiscent of "the Wall's" in his best days. We also saw some excellent pace bowling by Yadav and Zaheer on a pitch that offered very little for the fast bowlers. Swann's five-for in the first innings and Ojha's mastery of classical left arm spin. A match going to the final day with all results still possible. Can't ask for anything more.

Posted by Romenevans on (November 20, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Stop calling Pujara the new "Wall" Dravid will always be our Wall. PUjara is our "FireWall"...Wow we are never short of batting talent. And we have Rahane, Tiwari, Mukund and Bisht waiting in the hut. India's batting future is secured.

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 20, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

A good game with England walking with face saving score against a better attack than what they faced there in home primarily because of the conditions though. But that is what you come here expecting. So now, India will remain unchanged next game. I don't see any changes in the team unless someone injures himself. England has a couple of things to ponder. In fact more than couple but two are foremost things. Panesar MUST play and the second seamer. Anderson though didn't pick much wickets is still their best bowler in seam department and goes wildcard. Second seamer should be a toss up between Finn and Bresnan. Broad didn't look that fit and a 125kmph Broad is these conditions won't add value to the team. Bresnan if England goes for their preferred "long tail" and Finn if they go for pace. Bell and KP are concerns but still, i don't see any obvious replacements for them. May be Morgan can come in at 6 but Bairstow didn't look that good prospect to be directly thrown into limelight.

Posted by Romenevans on (November 20, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Last year when England arrived for 5 ODI series i was really impressed with Stuart Meaker's bowling. He was reverse swinging the white ball and bowled a spirited spell in few games that he played. I think he should be playing because he bowls like Yadav who is fast in the air not of the pitch and that is what you need if you want to utilize reverse swing in sub-continent. BTW! the wicket was extremely flat and not a rank turner at all and our spinners did bowl really well, Full credit to Ojha the way he deceived English batsmen with his flight and loop.

Posted by niloychat on (November 20, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

what english fans dont understand is that playing spin bowling is an art.smothering spin, staying low, using feet against spinners are the basic thing for batsmen to sustain. Thisart is always ingrained in indian batsmen. England needs to prepare for batting in turner.......

Posted by Meety on (November 20, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

@ JG2704 on (November 19 2012, 12:55 PM GMT) - I think Bairstow has to be the man to replace Bell. I would also consider batting Prior up the order - maybe to #4. He has showed a better propensity to do well in SC-like conditions. When Oz beat India last in a series in India, I think Gilly either opened or came in @ #3 - I think that was more to do with the new ball though. Just saying that Flower may need to look out of the box a bit. Bowling-wise it has to be Monty & Swann. Monty is probably better than Swann at tying up an end, I think Swann got some wickets from a combination of good bowling an impatient batting. As for the other bowlers, Anderson should be #1 picked pacer, I'd go Bresnan IF there is liklihood of reverse swing, but Meaker & Finn otherwise. I'd keep Patel so you'd have 4.5 bowlers. I don't know why Trott wasn't given a bowl?

Posted by Nish_US on (November 20, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Ojha bowled superbly and truly deserved the two 5 wicket hauls, but he barely missed it in the second innings.

Felt that Pujara and Ojha should have been recognized as players of the match.

Posted by Meety on (November 20, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

@Nutcutlet on (November 19 2012, 09:55 AM GMT) - great comment. Whilst I don't like pitches that are lifeless on Day 1, pitches in India (& the Banga pitch v WIndies), tend to meander for about 3 days & then end up with absorbing/exciting 5th Day finishes. 30minutes into the final day, I thought there was a genuine chance for England to save the match. I dunno if Cook can (or Prior for that matter) can keep up the lone hands in the batting, so SOMEONE better step up in the 2nd Test or else it will be a mirror opposite of the last Test series in England v India. I have slightly raised my opinion of Ashwin, but greatly increased my appreciation of Ojha. I think Yadav is the real deal. Why o why did England NOT select Monty? I think had he played - India would not had as quick of a start on Day 1 & could of pushed this match deeper into Day 5.

Posted by Nish_US on (November 20, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas

Pujara has a long way to go, before he can be compared to Dravid. Dravid is special because of his away heroics, than his runs at home. We've had many super-men at home, but only a handful who stamped their authority outside sub-continent.

Of course I welcome the next generation with all my heart and wish them all the best.

Posted by Nish_US on (November 20, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Not satisfied with the result...

Take aways from first test -

1. Indian curators have no clue how to create a pitch that would suit home team 2. Indian fast bowlers bowled way way way way better than the all-time-great quicks from England 3. Ashwin should quickly curb his innovative ways to unveil mystery balls and just stick to basics 4. Upcoming tests are going to be really difficult to win for India, if they do not have plans for each of the Eng batsmen, they bat too deep.

Terribly disappointed by Indian performance.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

GO INDIA GO FOR 4-0 G00D LUCK

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 20, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Swann need partner. Panesar is not answer but Both can be pretty good if they have some runs behind. If england scored 500+ and make india bat ..it will be different story i think. Toss play how the game played in india. if england played first Dhoni would have used pace bowlers more England would have been better spot in first inning. Cook showed you can bat in India. Patience and determination is the key. My only question is how many in England team follows his leader?. Not many. if mumbai pitch spins...india will win that one in close margin i think. if it do not spin it will be a draw.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

The writing was on the wall about spin, but the England selectors ignored it. England so often lose the first Test of a series unneccesarily. DRS would have made it fairer, obviously (poor Patel twice!); I don't understand why it isn't universal, and those teams who don't want it don't use it! Broad is revered for some reason: he only occasionally performs (his batting av. is 10 less than Bresnan's, bowlin one worse). KP finished now?

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

@mikey76 on (November 19 2012, 12:08 PM GMT) re "As for the bowling, its hard to put a finger on where its all gone wrong. In the UAE they were fantastic " - I'd say one clue is how well Swann bowled compared to any of our pace bowlers so you wonder why Monty didn't play on such a pitch? I kind of wonder if they seriously have Patel down as a full bowler and overrate his bowling? I'd say this is kind of UAE deja vu. Remember how uncompetitive bowling wise we were in the 1st UAE test and how (bowlingwise) we became more competitive after Monty came in?

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

@TLKC on (November 19 2012, 13:25 PM GMT) Meaker would have offered something different but IMO would have got the same result on day 1 as our other bowlers. Monty would IMO had more success but that's gone now

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

@GerrardLK on (November 19 2012, 10:16 AM GMT) These DRS decisions tend to even themselves out and if anything India probably would have benefitted more. Cook would have been out 130-140 runs before he was had DRS been in play. If you're going to say how Eng will thrash Ind etc as you had during the build up then at least have the good grace to either give India credit or lambast our poor performance rather than come up with these straw clutching excuses. As an Eng fan , I find such posts really embarrassing

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Honestly, England got away with this pitch! wishing for a rank turner in Mumbai. 191 in the first innings is way too much. Also, people talking about Ashwin, should remember he was the one that smothered Compton with his 9 overs that costed 19 runs, following which Ojha sealed the deal.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 22:30 GMT)

Swann opening the bowling for England in the 2nd innings.I remember some of the English fans saying that its death of test cricket when india opened with a spinner in 1st innings.lol

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

@indicricket on (November 19 2012, 08:26 AM GMT) Strange comments there. England lost because India made too many runs in the 1st inns and England made too few and their middle order failed in both inns. Obviously we can and will bemoan things like our poor team selections , poor methods of playing spin and some poor fielding - and some (not me) may take huge issue with Ind giving much spin in practice matches. Why don't you wait for such comments and respond to the individual comments/posters rather than get the hump with all the Eng fans - most of who have not cited any of your issues? Espn - please kindly post this response

Posted by kunderanengineer on (November 19, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

Given the fact that Cook is only 27 and has proven that he is just as comfortable on foreign soil as he is at home, we might witness some broken records from him before he's through with his career. Pujara looked mighty impressive as well and has great potential but I'm really curious to see if he can perform with the same mental toughness abroad. If he can watch out!

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Welcome to India poms.. Well, fantastic allround display by India.. Appreciate Alaistar Cook a lot, he really played an exquisite innings under pressure.. Hope to see Monty Panesar for the next game.. Pujara was brilliant... One thing that still bothers me is the place for Dhoni as a batsman.. He has just 3-4 hundreds in all the tests he has played.. He has an average of less than 40. Can't understand his role as a batsman in the team... Anyways, hope to see KP and Dhoni fire in the coming matches... Congrats Team India :-)

Posted by Mervo on (November 19, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

At long last India have won a cricket test. Across various countries they have failed consistently. On this wicket, they 'engineered" as the report says, a win. Why not do this occasionally. It makes average spinners seem world beaters and batsmen who only have front foot shots, seem brilliant. But now that India have achieved what they wanted against all previous from, can we please now see some balanced cricket, where all the skills are required on wicket that is not just a piece of rolled mud?

Posted by __PK on (November 19, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

We're hearing a lot about England's improved display in the second innings. But it was only two partnerships, three batsmen, so the other eight still have no clue. Another England loss coming up in the second test. Another Indian win at home and the rest of the world says "So what?"

Posted by Engfasttrackwimp on (November 19, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

English cricket team are the worst offenders when it comes to playing with "spirit of the game". Ironically, they always expect others to uphold the spirit while they hide their offences under the garb of "cunning" and "strategy". Really sad for a country which is considered origin of cricket.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (November 19, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

Although this was a well earned victory by India I think England have served notice that they will not roll over meekly like India did last year in England and for that they deserve a lot of credit. Just the fact that the discussion changed from whether this match would go beyond 3 days to the possibility (albeit small) of England actually winning it, speaks volumes about the fight in this English side. I think if they drop Broad and insert Panesar in the next match to support Swann and if Pietersen plays like he's capable of, this could turn out to be a very interesting series.This Indian side is still extremely vulnerable because the batting is quite fragile. As impressed as I am by "Dravid Jr." I cringe to think what might happen if he fails to deliver in the next match. Is there somebody else in form who can step up? I'm not very sure. But top marks to him and Ohja and of course to Cook and Prior (Batman & Robin) for making something out of a match that seemed dead after Day 2.

Posted by Nilesh_T on (November 19, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Same old story - Indian team tigers on tailormade home pitches but mice when it comes to away tests on seaming and fast pitches,where techniques, skill and concentration come into play. Only Dravid in recent memory could tick all these boxes successfully. Its ok as a 'revenge' victory for India,but otherwise no big deal. Let's see what happens in the next overseas tour. That would be the real test to wipe out the recent humiliation of 8-0 test defests whereby the media rightly painted this team as 'backyard bullies'.

Posted by Nampally on (November 19, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

It was a feat of endurance by ojha that carried India to victory. His dismissal of well set & determined Prior & Cook helped India to win the match. These 2 batted magnificiently & really showed other England batsmen how to pace their innings under adversity. Kudos to both. But Ojha's super effort deserves the highest praise. He bowled about 100 super overs over 2.5 days without a break! . India could not have won this match without Ojha. Magnificient effort - Ojha. I am proud of you as an ex-Hyderabadi Cricketer. Ashwin must take a page out of Ojha's book by using his best balls to do the job instead of having too many vatiations - Off spin, Doosra, Carrom ball, etc. Where was his promised "mystery ball" ? In batting Pujara & Kohli are the Indian future batting. I backed Pujara to be the Indian Test Captain during the past year & hope the Selectors get him to lead India very soon.He is easily the best batsmen in India today.Sehwag showed his form & class too. Congrats India!Well done.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (November 19, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Congrats Ind. Well played. Eng have some thinking to do and may have to do something really obvious and pick horses for courses. Pitches are so different around the world that going in with 3 seamers here is almost laughable. Finn/Monty to play in the next match, lets see if they can make the diff.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 19, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Despite the 9-wicket win, we can't England's lack of application with the exception of Cook, Compton and Prior with the bat and Swann with ball lull India into a false sense of security. Gambhir shouldn't have been selected for this test and still hasn't done enough for the next test. Now that Sehwag has got a century he'll put his feet up for the next 19 tests. If Finn is 100% fit, we'll see what he's made of. If Botham thinks England selection has gooten all matey I wonder what he'd make of Tendulkar continued selection. Ohja comes out with credit for thenumber of wickets he took and Zaheer and Umesh for extracting pace and bounce on a really poor surface. Ashwin though he got some turn in the first innings looked very ordinary in the 2nd and was lucky to get a wicket.

Posted by secondopinion on (November 19, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Two real bad sessions did England in. India's bowling quality is still dubious and will struggle to take 20 wickets on anything but a real turner. The best spin bowler on sight was an Englishman, but he lacked support from the other end. India's batting seems dependent on Kohli, Pujara and an occassional Sehwag. Expect much tighter games in next three tests.

Posted by krik8crazy on (November 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Anyone else concerned about Ashwin's struggle for wickets in the 2nd innings? I am wondering if this might be the right time to bring in the turbanator in his place. Mumbai being his "home ground", he will have tons of crowd support to charge him up.

Posted by JustIPL on (November 19, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

@Harsh Lahiri: I watched it spinning whole day just it was good batting by cook and Prior that denied Indian spinners. It seemed a great excuse to declare that it did not spin when English play well. This is negative attitude. Spinners made impact just because they were absent from warmups and also India won the toss giving out of form openeres time to settle down.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 19, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas_Statchin_Selfishkar Pujara has done well in the 4 home tests and nothing of note in the 2 away tests in SA he's played so far. He looks like he's the got temperament and technique and home but the litmus test will be to see how he fares over a longer period of time in various match circumstances and in different conditions. And yes he's may well have had a better start to his career than Dravid. But 'probably better than Dravid' as a player- not even close at this stage I'm afraid but a promising start so far.

Posted by binojpeter on (November 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Congratulations, India. Well played, Ojha and Pujara. I believe that England made a good comeback in the second innings. Cook again proved that he is a class apart. Swann had a good outing. I think that England will win the Mumbai test.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (November 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

@nilb, I know you guyz are not tired of criticizing India in regarding flat pitches. But tell me what stopped ENG to score or bowl well while Indians did on the same pitch? At least when India visited ENG last summer India was helpless with too many unexpected issues including ENG's psychological mind game strategies. Now India is plain and nice to ENG without any mind game strategies. In fact pitch was not prepared in favor of Indian players' strength. Everything was in ENG's favour. What more do you expect for a visting team? I bet that ENG can't survive without favorable pitches and mind game strategies.

Posted by sk12 on (November 19, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

I never rated Swann and Prior highly, they both have proved me wrong. esp Prior, he showed he can buckle down when required. And KP is becoming a Sehwag - lottery. I was initially apprehensive about Dhoni's decision to enforce the follow-on, but now thats probably the best desicion. He wouldnt have given more than 5 sessions for them to bat on (considering the way they played the 1st innings), which is exactly what they managed to bat out. I hope fatigue is the main reason for Ashwin's poor returns, and he will be back fully recharged for the next test.

Posted by a1234s on (November 19, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

just need to Sachin and Kohli to fire now.

I just hope that the Mumbai pitch curator doesn't turn out to be a wiseass like the curator from Nagpur (Ind-Aus, Nagpur, 2004) and produces a spinning track. There is no need to be neutral here.

England gave us green tops, we give them dust bowls. let them suffer :)

Posted by landsite on (November 19, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

England almost saved the match because India made England follow on,the fact that their spinners had bowle about 50 overs between Ojah and Ashwin should have meant India bat again,give the spinners a rest.India would have batted England out of the test with all their bowlers fresh for a second onslaught on the Englishmen,India should now accept DRS because it almost worked against them.I would like to see India win in places like Australia,England and South Africa in the future.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 19, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Good win by India by and hats off to cook and Prior for fighting it out. Cook is amazing with his concentration, will to stay at the crease and just showed his teamates how to bat on such slow low bounce pitches. It's only going to get worse as far as the quality of pitch is concerned. Typical Dhoni of not praising the opposition Captain for his epic knock. Whats with the attitude beats me. Further the ENG fans here are way more graceful in defeat than some of us Indian fans were last year. We need to take a page or two on how to behave when we lose and give credit to the opposition. ENG definitley need to bring in Morgan and Monty and also use KP as part time spinner along with Trots medium pace. RE ENG batting you need to apply like your captain did and have patience. Its no different than batting on seaming wickets where the ball moves around. Wait for the bad ball and respect the good ones. Re India wait before we anoint Pujara as next Dravid until SA series next year Pl. Post.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 19, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Well played India. You outplayed us. Ojha is a great bowler. We will be back though.

Posted by Jose on (November 19, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Chief Contributors for India's win:

India's batting: 1. Pujara 2. Viru and 3. Yuvi India's bowling: 1. Ojha, 2. Umesh, 3. Ashwin

Whereas only Cook and Prior clicked with the bat and Swann with the ball, but not to extent of changing the game's result.

Posted by cricket-is-best on (November 19, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

I think ashwin is a better batsman than bowler...even in australia he played well as a batsman more than a bowler...in d long run he can be played as a batsman because of his good technique..how about playing him as opener with sehwag and drafting in harbhajan as 3rd spinner...he used to be an opening batsman..dhoni doesnt seem to have taken note of his batting style...he is more of a proper batsman than just some bowler who can bat! same can be said of sehwag whose bowling qualities were never utilised properly by indian team management except kumble..

Posted by AMEY.AK on (November 19, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Well played team India... but not to forget the fight shown by Cook... the series is surely going to spice up!!! A treat to watch the best formaet of the game!!!

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 19, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

George Dobell mentioned that should Australia win the series against SA (strongly) and Eng defeat India, England will return to the #1 Spot. Well, that plan is out of the window now. England, like India and SL, are too weak outside their home turf.

Like many, I would like to see the ICC slightly tweak the Test Ranking System. There has to be better weighting for wins away from home. You'll then find that SA and Australia will put a little distance between themselves and the rest, Australia won in SL recently and have a good record there, SA have always competed well in India and taken a series there, and of course they've won in Eng and Oz too.

Posted by Biggest_Cricket_Fan on (November 19, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Congratualtions Team India (on a tailor made conditions most importantly the pitch). It would have been utter shame if India would not have won this match in the home conditions as they did in last World Cup. I think there is no point in getting carried away with this win. It is equally important to measure the performances of some of the players such as R. Ashwin in Second Inning. 43 overs and just 1 wicket (that to of a tailender) should be shamful. It was funny to hear Majrekar comparing and calling him as World Class spinner. Just a gentle reminder how "successful" he was in Australia. I think India should have taken the opportunity of this and Ausie test series as team building opportunity for future. But as always they wasted it. Talking about DRS and camera technology it is just funny to hear that BCCI is not allowing camera team to show even the projected path of the ball. This way you can not be world leader. For that you need to set up some paths for others to followw

Posted by tests_the_best on (November 19, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Savoring the Indian win but glad that match was competitive. Would have been a bit dull if eng had been rolled over for under 300 in the 2nd innings. Good advert for test cricket and hopefully more interesting games to come in the series. The ind bowling should actually take a lot of credit because, as pointed out, the pitch actually flattened out and didn't turn and the bowlers had to earn their wickets, it's always good to face some tough conditions early on in the series. Very impressed with Umesh, just the kind of bowler ind needs on overseas trips.

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 19, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

I think the umpires have been purposefully giving decisions against India because they refuse to accept DRS. It's been happening for a while now.

Posted by rob_damn on (November 19, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

is it only me who is seeing a similarity with last year contest... after loosing first test by 196 runs, indians were ranting about the arrival of sehwag for second test and were predicting crushing win then onwards... similarly loosing by 9 wickets now after giving a mere 77 run target, you could listen to old english rant of "panesar and fin coming, indians would be tested with ferocious pace of fin and we could see an england win from here on", "indians were lucky to win without DRS and england has gained momentum with cook and proir's batting"... well what sehwag contributed then were 2 big first ball ducks.. god knows what monty and fin would bring now.. but surely mumbai will be lot more turning than ahmedabad

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Congrats to Dhoni and his team.Both batsmen and bowlers played very well. The match would have ended much earlier had there been correct decisions by Umpires.. Mr. Dhoni should find out the correct recipe to get out Mr. Cook. Mr. Prior is also equally good batsman on whom England keeps lot of hopes.

Once again congrats to INDIAN TEAM for their efforts.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 19, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

India had to battle not only Cook and Prior, but also Aleem Dar. How can the England-Pakistan series have lots of lbw decisions given (about 25 or so) especially with Ajmal bowling, but in this series, even the blatantly obvious ones were turned down?

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (November 19, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

@Nutcutlet: Personally, I have never agreed with your posts. But as you said - and I have to absolutely agree- In this era where the unorthodox spinners usually hog the limelight, SLA Orthodox is refreshing. I mean watching a left arm orthodox spinner is absolute classic cricket!. Ojha's Action is perfect SLA orthodox - no fancy run ups, no quick swaying of the arms - Jentle and easy on the eye and those who do not appreciate it, have no idea of Test cricket!.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

i think bhajji deserves at least one chance on spinner friendly wickets,i am sure if he was in the first test team then england would have lost more convinsingly

Posted by crindex on (November 19, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Great game of cricket. Cook is phenomenal. At the rate he is going he will surpass many milestones sooner than many front line batsmen. I think India was one spinner short. Could have chosen Bhajji instead of U Yadav and the match would have ended in 3-4 days. Congrats India !

Posted by Hobbart on (November 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

@Michael Mayne : Cheers mate ! One Eng fan who, instead of getting too emotional with the war of words, analyses the simple facts....one being the poor English batting in the first innings mainly due to mental blockage and two being the fact that had this been Indian summer, England would have hardly lasted 4 days...so this is their chance, if there ever was one ! All the best for the next one though !

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 19, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

England's inevitable slide to their rightful place at the bottom of the table continues. First the Pakistan whitewash (which never happened), then the South African debacle (which never happened) and now the Indian catastrophe (against a fellow minnow) which IS happening!

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

congratz from Sri Lanka, Pujara looks a real talent. overall a good day for Asia. Sri Lanka & India winning easily

Posted by cheguramana on (November 19, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Well done to Dhoni and team ! Its one thing to talk abt 'Revenge' but another to actually deliver the results. I still think a 4-0 result in India's favour is unlikely. But well started boys ! All the best for the rest of the series !

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Congrats to India and also good fight back by England making it a really engrossing 5 days of test cricket with good crowds as well . We need to be patient with Ojha /Ashwin as Dilip doshi (ex spinner) recently said they will not evolve immediately into a Kumble and Harbhajan but will be good bowlers , actually Englands 2nd innings was a good eye opener and blessing for Indian bowlers they will also make better preparations for coming tests . Mumbai will be helpful to England seamers with good bounce hence toss may not be that crucial , lets hope for another good Test match .

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (November 19, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Congratulations India. Excellent win. Pujara - he is probably better than my idol Dravid. India can't ask for more. Ojha has been a revelation with his flight, guile and variations. Absolutely top-class. Though Cook was dead plumb early on in his epic knock, let's keep it aside. His innings is a master-class to his teammates in the art of application against spin. Absolutely top-notch. Swann - well the lone warrior. These two Englishmen won the hearts of millions of Indians, if I may take the liberty of speaking for other Indians. Prior - who wouldn't want to have him in your team when the chips are down? Umpiring - very poor. Dead plumbs shouldn't need DRS by any standards at international level. Poor umpiring cannot be an excuse for DRS. In other words, stop defending poor umpiring. Umpires need to be pulled up for getting dead plumbs wrong. Added technology should be there for marginal calls, if umpires need help. Can DRS do that with any amount of reliability and validity? NO.

Posted by JChandi on (November 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Well done India and Sri Lanka, both teams played good cricket in their first tests.

Posted by SRT_thebest on (November 19, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Great Match, but what appalled me was the number of bad decisions, I know many English and Indian fans will say bcci's mistake, but is it really bcci's mistake. I mean drs or no drs cook,prior, Patel,yuvraj should have been out. What DRS is doing it is taking blame away from umpires, mistakes r permitted as they r humans but those were howlers, if u r paid to to do a job u must at least do it decent enough if not good. As i see it DRS should be to take care of iffy ones where umpires r helpless, but none of above were such, those were plumb. Technology should be used but it also has to perfect and cost effective which sadly DRS is not, I by no means support BCCI's stance of not using DRS, But I am of view if umpires r paid to do their job they must do it properly. I feel ICC needs to penalise umpires for howlers atleast,i know i this wont ever happen. But I really hope for this, because if umpire isn't sure he always has third umpire for help.So not using him is umpire's fault

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

What a lovely performance by the Indians. It is a team sport and the Indians outplayed the English side. Am sure Mumbai test will have the same result since the Indians are very hungry and want to win the series at any cost. My best to MY TEAM INDIA!

Posted by Hira1 on (November 19, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

England only hope is KP and can only win he performs ...any match they will manage to win or draw I am sure it will be because of KP hopefully it come sooner than later

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

The match would have ended much earlier if DRS had been in use in the match. Cook was clearly out in the 24th over and even in normal speed it looked plumb. A rare mistake by Dar which would have been reversed through DRS. Dhoni and the BCCI should reverse their stubborn opposition to the use of DRS.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 19, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

If Ashwin can bend his arm 360 degrees like Ajmal, he can get a few more wickets. This was by no means your typical spinner friendly wicket!! England got lucky, but with the next match in Mumbai, which traditionally favors spin, an innings defeat for England is on the cards.

Posted by samincolumbia on (November 19, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

One thing this test match proved is that Indian fast bowlers are more effective on pitches compared to their over hyped one-dimensional english counterparts, when there is no cloud cover/rain to help them seam/swing the ball.

Posted by nilb on (November 19, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Indian batsmen can bat all day in Indian flat pitches. It's not news. Anyway congrats. Amazing defiance by the English in the second innings. They need a better spinner than Patel if they want to win.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Oh yeah, i know what they will say...that we showed great fight, that India never reached 300 in true cricketing conditions, that we scored 400+ in the very first one, but, BUT, Cook was a goner lock-stock-and-barrel at just 37, and if would like to counter with Samit Patel's howlers, you are telling me that he would have scored a double-hundred here...my my my. England have been pulverised, but they should have been pounded to dust, and this match should have been over on Sunday, and not in my office for all my money. But, lets not bicker about all things English shall we? Pujara's calm and composure and not to say, class, Ojha guile and relentlesness, and not to say skill, and Umesh Yadav's pace, and never say die attitude, and not to say, the new-found control, the positive are too many for an Indian to continue bickering...

Posted by yoohoo on (November 19, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990 - The mistake that most people like you make is assuming they will go at the same rate always. It is very tough to replicate the logetivity of someone like sachin or gavaskar or dravid. Many batsmen have a golden period, but very few can sustain it for long.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (November 19, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

If England wants to win next test they should do some changes in team and as well as batting order. Morgan in for Bell, Panesar for Bresnan and Finn for Broad and about batting order they need a attacking batsmen at start to get the momentum for there innings, for this no one is better than Prior. So my Batting order would be Cook, Prior, Compton, Pietersen, Trott, Morgan, Patel, Swann, Anderson, Finn and Panesar.performer

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Well Played Pujara. He is the future of indian cricket along with Virat & Umesh. Congrats to the indian team. also the best bowling of ojha. & best batting of the viru & yuvi

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 19, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Congratulations India but well played England. The match could be over on 4th day but England took it to the 5th. Ironically, India is still very slow learner. It has to start producing fast bowlers because it appears that the rest of the world is catching up to spinning tracks (may be due to IPLbI don't see why India does not have both spinning and fast tracks. Even Australia has spinning (gabba) and fast tracks (perth). Having both tracks is actually good for Indian bowlers. Currently, fast bowlers suffer a lot in India and most likely give up bowling fast. England was fast learner, especially Cook. Hope it continues learning fast, Trott and KP need to raise their games.

Posted by gdavis on (November 19, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

It clearly looks as though England were looking to unfairly damage the wicket, I hope the higher authorities took note.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

As Pujara rightly pointed out in the post match interview,this pitch is no where close to a classic Indian rank turner.Any one who knows cricket will know that,Indian pitches are difficult to bat on during summer with heat,dust,turn and bounce.In winter particularly in north and West of India,it wont be that hot and the pitches will be very good through out the test Its just the inability of the English team to play spin well in first Innings.There are no demons in the pitch its all in the mind as England themselves showed in second innings. Great win for India and looking forward for upcoming test matches

Posted by NLS1 on (November 19, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

I expect Mumbai to be bowler friendlier compared to Ahmedabad and that will only make the match more interesting. India's bowling attack in the first test nearly did not work - with Ashwin completely ineffective on 4th & 5th days and remaining 3 bowlers toiling hard to get anything out of the pitch. So, no question that Sri Lanka and Pakistan have better spin attacks compared to India. What is a bit encouraging from the Indian standpoint is that, their batting seems to be falling in place again with some recent changes (Tendulkar still needs to make way for another youngster very soon or begin delivering again; Dhoni needs to perform with the bat). As for England, no shame at all - they fought hard and can do better in the second test with a few changes in bowling attack. They bat pretty deep.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (November 19, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@mikey76, ENG fought back very well in second innings with Cook and Prior's performance. That was appreciable effort. reg your comment "getting out bowled by the Indian quicks is embarassing." you cannot under estimate Indian bowlers or any country just based on one or two wrong series. Your quick bowlers again proved that they are quick only at ENG. As per I remember right from 2007 Pataudi Trophy (India visited ENG) India has been dominating ENG over all until last summer. Even in last summer it would have been different if Zaheer Khan was there. Try to appreciate other team's effort instead of crying on their success.

Posted by prabha_cricfan on (November 19, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Well Played Pujara. He is the future of indian cricket along with Virat & Umesh. Congrats to the indian team.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (November 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Early days these may be, but i am very confident to say Pujara is a real find for India; one good enough to replace Rahul Dravid, a batsman who I regard even higher than Tendulkar. As a Pakistan supporter, and supporting India when Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not playing, I would like to add that England is making the same mistake as Pakistan. They pick bowlers who can bat like Broad (Panesar would be more suitable especially in India), while Pakistan picks Kamran Akmal as a wicketkeeper who can bat. Although Pakistan's batting is poor (but improving), having Kamran has been suicidal, backed up by statistics. Like Ian Chappell said, even if Kamran batted like Bradman, he would still be a liability to his team.

Posted by SyedAbidHussain on (November 19, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

A perfect start for India in their "revenge" series, however i do feel England can bounce back hard in the next game and wont repeat the mistakes. Hope they drop Bresnan and bring in Monty. Bresnan in Indian conditions can hardly bat and his bowling has been tonked. India should rethink about Zaheer's role and the Little master needs to take call now.

Posted by TLKC on (November 19, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

While JG2704 is talking about pace, why not Stuart Meeker. Surely someone who bowles flattish at over 90mph would offer something differnte on these contrived pitches.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (November 19, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Hope DRS gets introduced soon in India. I know its not 100% accurate but at least it stops shocking decisions. 12 bad decisions in this Test match is poor umpiring. Cricket is a professional sport now where money and careers are at stake, lets move into the 21 century and embrace technology. (or is the earth still flat???)

Posted by nix_moviefreak on (November 19, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

England put on very good fight in 2nd innings. Prior proved why he is the best keeper-batsman in test cricket at the moment. This was Cook's first match as a captain and he truly set an example to fellow englishmen with his inning. ENG can definitely feel proud for their battle in the second innings. Hope they come back strong in next game.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (November 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

India showing why they're such a force at home, not that we needed reminding. A lot of thinking to be done for England on their way to Mumbai. Will the introduction of Panesar mean allow them to take a few more than 9 Indian wickets? Possibly not but they have no choice. I really can't see how they're going to take 20 wickets to have a chance of winning so need a few more than two batsmen to fire if they're to keep the series score down to 1 or 2-0

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 19, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

I can't really see that India need to make any changes for the second game, except maybe someone in for Gambhir if he needs some compassionate leave. England have some thinking to do. Obviously Bell is out so who will come in for him: Bairstow or Morgan? Morgan has a bit more experience, especially in these conditions, but Bairstow did have some success this last English summer. Whoever it is, if they do well, does Bell get his place back for game 3? I don't think Patel will be dropped as he was a bit unlucky with LBWs, but if he doesn't perform in game 2 then he might make make well for Bell. If Monty is in, which seems likely, Patel's bowling is not really needed. You'd think that Finn and Monty both should come for game 2 but who goes out? Bresnan seems the most likely but will England be bold enough to drop Broad as well? It seems warranted under the circumstances but they've never looked like doing it before.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

@mikey76 on (November 19 2012, 12:08 PM GMT) re "As for the bowling, its hard to put a finger on where its all gone wrong. In the UAE they were fantastic " - I'd say one clue is how well Swann bowled compared to any of our pace bowlers so you wonder why Monty didn't play on such a pitch? I kind of wonder if they seriously have Patel down as a full bowler and overrate his bowling? I'd say this is kind of UAE deja vu. Remember how uncompetitive bowling wise we were in the 1st UAE test and how (bowlingwise) we became more competitive after Monty came in?

Posted by TLKC on (November 19, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

I wonder what would have happened if: a England had won the toss. b. Bell had succeeded in hitting that first ball for six and then .... c. we had had DRS. d. Pujara had been given out LBW in Swanns first over day 2. It's the 'what ifs' that help to make cricket such a wonderful game.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 19, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Great win by India. Excellent by Cook. Going forward, I see following 3 weaknesses for India - batting of Tendulkar and Gambhir, and bowling of Ashwin. Ojha is our best spinner and Pujara and Kohli are our best batsmen. It's time to drop Tendulkar and Gambhir.

Posted by cricket0007 on (November 19, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

finally the test ends.. what a dreadful, pathetic pitch that was.. I wonder why don't ICC take any measure to stop this kind of non sense that you prepare a pitch which is keeping low even during the 1st session of the 1st day of the test match.. its awful to see a spinner bowling with a new ball in the test match.. Even if you want to prepare a spinning track there is proper way of doing that

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

OK both Cooke and Prior played well but both were plumb LBW early in their innings. If it hadn't been for some atrocious umpiring the match would have been over by lunch on the fourth day.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 19, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

As an England fan, it was fun to keep hoping for a while but the end result was inevitable. A deserved and relatively easy win to India in the end. It wasn't the innings defeat that some predicted and seemed likely for a while but it was relatively comprehensive. There were some positive signs for England but, realistically, only Swann, Cook and Prior walk away from this game with their reputations intact or enhanced. Even then Prior had a couple of blemishes behind the stumps and both he and Cook had a slice of luck in that second innings. Truth be told, England need significant improvement in all areas. Hopefully that Cook/Prior partnership will serve as inspiration. Even more important than the batting is the fielding.

Posted by bhagavathisekar on (November 19, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

India needed a pitch like this to win a match.India is strong only in home conditions.India is taking this series as the revenge series. India should take revenge when to go to Australia,England and South Africa.These three tours prove their cricketing talents.Until then we can say India is just a good team not the best team.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Re our Batsmen this is a conundrum.I said pre test Bell should not have played.He has often been poor vs spin in SC conditions and that coupled with the fact that he's missing the 2nd test anyway so even if he performed well he;d have to be replaced for the 2nd test so why not play JB,Morgan or Root from the off?Trott/KP look at best uncomfortable but would we back the inexperienced Root or Morgan (if Jonny is next in for Bell) over KP/Trott? Patel was unlucky with decs (though he should have been out in 1st inns before he was out)but to me he looks more vulnerable vs pace esp for the lbw.If it was up to me I'd still go 5/1/5 and I go along with others who say that Woakes (whose batting form alone last year should be worthy of getting him in the side) would be ideal as a 3rd pace option but for some reason his face doesn't fit. So going with 6 bats prob just bring JB in for Bell but personally I'd probably drop Patel (maybe harsh) and have 5 bowlers - Jimmy,Finn,Bres,Swann,Monty

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 19, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Excellent bowling by Ojha, Yadav, and Zaheer. Great fightback by Cook. This shows why Cook is a better batsman than Tendulkar - he plays when his team needs him. Speaking of Tendulkar, why didn't he bat in the 2nd innings after Sehwag fell? It was his turn to bat, but he sent Kohli instead.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 19, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

@mikey76- Well ,it took time to realise but glad that you did .... This Eng bowling is embarrassing- even without any comparisons with anyone.With a bunch of sub 80 mph trundlers Eng can hope to win a few tests ...against maybe Bangladesh ...the batsmen would I would imagine just manage to get enough runs against Bangladeshi spinners for the bowlers to eek out a win late on day 5. Maybe ..can add N Zealand as well .. will be a cracking contest in a 3 test series...Eng might just edge out a win ...

Posted by Reececonrad on (November 19, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

good to see India win, but wow 7 losses in a calendar year for the english I hope they can improve. Great cricket to watch when India perform like that ;)

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

PS - Re Eng bowling options. It would seem strange opening with Bres (presuming we just go for 2 pace bowlers) but could we not (as they call it) "think outside the box" and consider opening with Swann or Monty alongside Jimmy and still have Bres in the side. I'm not hugely convinced that Finn will be all that effective on these pitches and Bres may do something with the older ball esp if we bat 2nd?

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Re our Bowlers I admit I said about 3 pacers as much because of injury but surely on looking at the pitch and Ind's team they must have had a clue that 2 spinners needed to play and I've never had Patel as a full. When you see how Swann did (comp to our pacers) I wonder how a Swann/Monty combo might have done.As many know I'm big on 5/1/5 and surely a 500+ score from India in the 1st inns would have been less likely had Monty been there and a 500+ score to match and you have huge scoreboard pressure and you're behind the game. Broad was a bad selection as said beforehand.Easy to say the same re Bres but he showed promise in warm ups. I'd love us to go 5/1/5 but Eng wont be bold enough to go that way.So for me Monty for Broad for next test. Bres may still be an effective bowler with the old ball and I'm not as up on Finn as many are here.Onions was an orig choice but maybe on these pitches we need something different so it's the old ball specialist Bres or the pace of Finn

Posted by rohitcanbat on (November 19, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

1976 Tony Grieg's English beat India 3-1.The sole Indian Win came after the rubber was lost at Madras.Greig's team had done their homework ,had plans and executed them doggedly.India lost despite having probably the best spinners of the era Bedi,Chandra ,Prasanna and great players of spin like Sunny,Vishy,Amarnath& Patel .We saw fine knocks from Amiss,Brearly and Greig himself &when the Indians got past these batsmen there always was Knott and Lever chipping in with late runs.But it was their formidable fast bowlers who did the Job : Wilis,Lever& Old.Indians were shot out for low scores like 80allout in 2ndinnings at Madras.None of the wins were closely fought.The margins of defeat were an embrassment .The present team has to take some lessons from that team and show some of the english resilience and try to topple Indians.It is the fast bowlers who has to do this.England has to sack the slow fast bowlers and replace them with real speed merchants.I still predict an Englis win.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Re England , well I suppose the scorecard looks/seems a whole lot better than it might have done after the 1st inns and before Prior came to the crease in the second , but it is still a thrashing - just a less embarrassing thrashing than it might have been. Our bowlers (barring Swann) rarely even looked like threatening , our middle order looked as bad as they did in UAE/SL and not facing Ajmal either and our fielders again dropped chances. Our team selection which I'll go onto in a separate post was also poor. Only Cook,Prior and Swann come out of the game with credit and with hopeful signs re Compton. Also I thought KP was supposed to be our saviour and by far the best batsman in our side and KP and Bell are our supposed best players of spin.

Posted by JG2704 on (November 19, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Firstly , congratulations to India. Amazing batsmanship from Pujara , a typical Sehwag blast , consistent bowling from all 4 bowlers and a thoroughly deserved victory which would have been a whole lot more convincing but for Cook and Prior in both innings. It is now going to be a massive ask to get back into the series as it will be hugely difficult to bowl India out twice on their pitches. Having said all that , I did think Indian fielding looked a bit lethargic at times. Maybe there would have been more urgency had they not compiled such a big score in the 1st inns

Posted by Agila on (November 19, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

If not for Cook and Prior, English batting was much the same as in the first Innings. Its funny that the very first comment on this thread that said "Honestly speaking, this victory is no where near what England achieved last year against the same opposition at their home". The pitch isnt as bad as it was made to look by the comments from the English side. The batsmen who applied themselves did scored!

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

@mikey76 only time Indian quicks did not outbowl your pacers after 2001 was last summer in 2011. 2006 in India they were more equal. don't be under the impression that Indian quicks can't bowl well at home.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Bairstow & Morgan for Bell & Patel. Finn & Monty for Bresnan & Broad, and England will be a force again.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Well, as a Pakistani and fan of cricket, i want to Congratulate Indian Cricket team for their out standing victory of English team. Indian spinners are owsum. Pujra's 200 was also nice to watch. Indian team blessed with nice Batsmen since they start cricket. My message for those who always criticize pakistan and pakistan cricket is at least show some sportsman spirt and enjoy the game.....Regards

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (November 19, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Finn Monty in. Patel Broad Bresnan out. Dunno about the 3rd replacement. Morgan. But who comes for Bell?

Posted by Agila on (November 19, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Good win by India in the end, and good batting effort in an attempt to save the test from Cook and Prior, but the 1st innings deficit was little too much, for a batting effort which would have produced a greatest escape of all time.

Posted by mikey76 on (November 19, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

England need to do some soul searching in the next couple of days, players like Trott and Peitersen need to get their brains in gear and start producing because we cant keep relying on Cook and Prior. Happy that Bairstow is coming in for the hapless Bell and their is a case for Morgan replacing Patel as we could do with a left hander in the middle order. As for the bowling, its hard to put a finger on where its all gone wrong. In the UAE they were fantastic, getting outbowled by the Indian quicks is embarassing. Surely Finn and Panesar have to come in. Bresnan prob deserves to stay as he showed some nouse with the bat and can bowl long spells but its a close call. If Cook and Compton can reproduce what they did on day 3 then we have a chance of being competitve.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 19, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Cook is 27 years old and he already scored 21 test centuries..surely he will go into the record books as the best batsman produced by england ever..

Posted by Percy_Fender on (November 19, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

England is a good side and much better prepared than many of their teams of the past. And Alistair Cook despite not being very flamboyant, is like Ken Barrington used to be. Absolutely solid. Not just that his success in Australia will show that he is already an all time great. He is just 27 or so and will play for many years. He could be the highest scorer for England.

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 19, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

ojha-ash pair have now 86 wickets in 6 tests , never heard before of such feat, they bamboozled every team they played as a pair

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

It's unfortunate for England that the final result does not reflect the fight they put up in the second innings. Cook and Prior had all of India pulling their hair out in frustration!

Posted by the_sport on (November 19, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

would love to see Bhajji instead of Ashwin in second Test...was great game for India...giving much confidence to go to second test.

Posted by phunny_game on (November 19, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

umesh bowled as he should in these conditions, Quick and straight. Wasn't very impressive when he first came, but he is a quick learner it seems. But what was zaheer doing, bowling full tosses on leg stump regularly... It surely wasn't the reverse swing that was taking the ball to leg stump from off... Also, its time to admit that ojha is better than ashwin. i was surprised he wasn't included in australia even after ashwin failed repeatedly. Also would have loved to see more overs from yuvraj and sehwag,. Viru is a real trickster, can pull a bunny out of the hat anytime..!!!

Posted by premclement on (November 19, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

One day1 I read a lot of comments from English supporters that this pitch is no good for Seamers. However, the Indian seamers have taken 7 wickets against 1 wicket by English seamers. This goes to show that the English Seamers are not at all good whenevery they play outside England. In other words, they can get wickets only when there is grass on the pitch. By the way, Cook and Prior managed to score these many runs in the second innings because the pitch had become flat by that time. Otherwise, they would have crumbled to the India spin similar to the 1st innings. Well done to Indian team. Keep it up.

Posted by lukecannon on (November 19, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Ashwin is such a a overrated bowler.I rate Ajmal, Swann and Herath way above him. What a dustbowl too.

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 19, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Nice for us to see some fight in the end from the boys. Hopefully it demonstrates that we can get some runs. Playing Monty surely has to be a must now. Well played of course to India, Ojha and Pujura especially. Although, maybe a l;ittle bit worried if India have been demanding raging turners and this is what we get, hopefully it will be open and we won't see the usual win in the first test then play for 3 draws.

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (November 19, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

The pitch got really slow towards the 4th and 5th day which meant even if there was turn, the batsmen had a lot of time to watch and play, which also accounts for the lack of bat pad catches in 2nd innings which are common in Indian conditions. Wait till England go to Mumbai where there is bounce and quick turn. Ahmedabad was their best chance for a draw, after that Nagpur in 4th test.

Posted by chokkashokka on (November 19, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

It was good to see Cook and Prior show some fight in the second innings - but the wicket had slowed down a lot by that time. In other words, it was easier to bat - you could make a mistake in your judgment of the line/length and still have time to correct it. England had a very good opportunity to draw this game - they will not get gifts like this pitch in the remaining tests. Not to take anything away from Cook and Prior though - they batted well. Hopefully the wickets in the remaining tests have more bounce, are faster and turn a lot more than this easy wicket in Ahmedabad. The Indian spinners will be near impossible to play then.

Posted by Haleos on (November 19, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

@ csowmi7 - in the eng second innings as soon as ashwin came on he started giving a boundary every over. Thats hardly defensive line. Why is he afraid of flighting the ball? @cricketmann : Swann took 5 wickets out of 10 Ashwin 4 out of 20. go figure who struggled. @ MaruthuDelft - Pujara has had 3 innings outside india. Time will tell how good he is overseas but atleast now he looks part of the international crircuit.Vijayi and Badri can not even perform in India. oth are clueless wherever they go.

You 3 are the kind of guys who blast viru but the guy with all his shortcomings averages over 51 in Tests over almost 100 tests.

Posted by whoster on (November 19, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Credit to India for a fine performance with bat and ball. No England batsman other than Cook and Prior reached 40 in either innings, and that's not good enough. Then again, if the selectors put depth of batting above picking a bowling attack more likely to take 20 wickets, it smacks of defence and negativity. Swann and Panesar are as good a spin pair as any world team has, and Panesar was left out purely because he weakened the batting. A ridiculous decision. England have the players to put up a fight in this series, but the selectors have basically put more pressure on the batsmen by 'strengthening' the lower order. It was a decision that shows the selectors don't trust our top 6 to get enough runs. Broad and Bresnan were both very average with the ball, and both should be considered for being dropped in favour of Finn's pace and wicket taking ability. I can accept England losing Tests in India, but I can't accept it when the selectors make it even more difficult.

Posted by phunny_game on (November 19, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

@ausie_the_great: obviously ashwin and ojha are nowhere near mendis and narine... their recent test records are far better than mendis or narine... Great win by india... But this was not the best English side in these conditions... In the next match, Finn and Monty will be included and that will be the real test... Finn is the best bet for england... He will surely trouble our batsmen, he did that when england came for the ODI series last year, and pretty well... Also morgan might be included. Ian bell's dismissal in the first innings makes me think i can be included in the England team right now. I can survive two deliveries atleast... :D

Posted by bimalshah on (November 19, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Cook enhanced his already excellent reputation. Forget the poor shot selection by some of the others, it was very disappointing to see some dodgy behaviour by some of the England players: Trott's 'catch' and some running on the wicket in the second innings. It contrasts sharply with Dhoni recalling Bell when India were losing.

Posted by maf17 on (November 19, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

How England went into this match without Panesar and still expected to win is beyond me. Swann is a big-hearted bowler, but he cannot be expected to win the Test on his own.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (November 19, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Congratulations to India, a dominant display. Pujara was excellent and I had a feeling that we would have to watch out for Sehwag despite some Indian fans suggesting he was past it, still high quality. Umesh Yadav was also highly impressive but I am not surprised Ojha did well, I have been a fan for a long while, I think he is a fine bowler. Broad needs to be dropped (which I would love, do not like that man), hopefully Finn and Monty can come in for Bresnan and Broad. Would like to see Morgan in the next one to be honest, for Bell. England have a very tough few games coming up, Morgan is mentally tough.

Posted by ankit_barry on (November 19, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

The English lost this test match because of the attitude of there fast bowlers in the first innings, i saw it the moment the first ball was bowled which didn't bounce / carry, there shoulders dropped, faces blanked out & morale deluged. After every shot that Indians played or a ball not bouncing enough they made faces looked at the pitch, trying to hide behind the circumstances. On the other hand u could see Zaheer artistically implementing his mastery on the same deck with a purpose, Umesh Yadav was not given a bowl up untill next day & the moment he came, he bowled quick for starters, good line & length & picked up a wicket as well. Can't help but say that the English fast bowlers had lost this test match in there minds even before the match started.

Posted by Biso on (November 19, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Good fight back by Cook and Prior notwithstanding the mistakes made by the umpire( which is very much a part of the game). This was a pitch for patient batting and there was nothing spectacular about the amount of turn in the pitch. A real turner will be a nightmare for the English batsmen. Without Finn, the English bowling attack is hopeless and good only for helpful conditions. The Indian pace bowlers out-bowled them on supposedly flat tracks. Broad and Bresnan are players with very limited abilities and stand exposed. They should be in the team only in England. Period. Do England have two spinners who can team up with a very fit and firing Finn to take twenty Indian wickets (in good time)? If Yes!, expect a well fought series in which India will have to fight hard to win. If No! this series is as good as over. Real turners will break them up, Cook and Prior too. Another fact! these Indian spinners are merely better than average when compared to Harbhajan and Kumble in their prime.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

In couple of days time the next gruelling match is to be commenced... Love to see all the three spinners in the side...Who knows that might be the restart of Harbhajan's innings...Mumbai as previously might be best suited for spinners rather pushing a pacer to bend his back without much reward...As well as Rahane can be brought in to play in his own backyard by resting Gambhir.. atleast for the Mumbai match...

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 19, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Considering that 100s scored by Indian batsmen esp SRT and Viru are regularly degraded by the non-Indian fans by saying that they got them on flat tracks I find it difficult to say anything positive for the knock of Cook esp cos it still resulted in Eng's loss. The sheer hypocrisy of some of these fans astounds me. If SRT scores a 100 and India lose then it is immediately said that selfish SRT plays for himself. If he manages to save the match then the bowling attack or flat track is used as the excuse. But here Cook couldn't even score 200 runs after batting for about 5 sessions, didn't save the match and was in fact lucky to remain not out in the 24th over and his knock is still being hailed as one of the greatest rear-guard acts by an Eng. Had it been normal times I would have said well played Cook but the behav of these fans has made me cynical and I would only say that Cook got those runs in a slow selfish act where he merely improved his own record and on a slow flat track.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 19, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

anyone giving any creedance to englands second innings needs to realise that it was a flat flat wicket that wasnt turning or bouncing much and half the runs were scored by cook.

Posted by cric_fan123 on (November 19, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

@LillianThomson - Really? But how can England ever aspire to win a match overseas against a decent team if their batsmen get used to spin bowlers barely spinning the ball? It's not so much "win at all costs" as "avoid defeat at all costs". That sounds true too, doesnt it. And you have yet to see a spinning pitch in UAE. If it was, you'd be writing your comment on 3rd day not 5th.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

@Narbavi, There is a reason why we are ranked above you in the ICC Test Rankings. We have not been playing at our home for last 3 years and yet we are there in the top 4. Not everyone can do that. Give some credit where its due. And please don't go off the topic by bring Pakistan team into this forum.

Posted by stormy16 on (November 19, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

Well in the end the expected happened and Eng paid the price for its first innings debacle and inability to play spin. Its a sweet victory for India after the thrashing away in last couple of series. Much needed runs for Sewag and Yuvi and I guess we can finally get past the issues of playing away from home - just as we focus on Eng being unable to be competitive unless is a bowling green. I didnt see Pujara bat but anyone who makes a double hundered in his 6th test has to be a talent and with Kholi shapes up as the next generation of classy Indian batters - and there's many more to come! Eng need to do some thinking but playing three seamers in India should be a no-brainer and I cannot work that out. I would even consider Bell and Trott turn a few over and play Monty in place of Bresnan. Trott and KP had a poor game which is rare and these need to play their role in the next test.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Now Viru is certain for next 6 months after this century,,, evenif he does not play,, he is fixed,,,Its not good to give MOM to Pujara,, why not to Ojha??

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Cook played one of the best innings i have seen by an englishman in india but lets be honest, this pitch did not spin at all on 4th n 5th day so saying that the englishmen played gr8 against spin would be an overstatement

Posted by Snyper.Doc on (November 19, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Good win for India. Seven more to go in order to make it even stevens. All this sweet talk about England doing well in the second innings won't stop them from sliding to four nil. Ashwin was ineffective in the second innings although barring Cook none seems to want to learn to play spin on slow tracks. Indian think tank need to draft in Harbhajan. Gambhir can stay at home and bring in Irfan to open the batting with Sehwag and drop Zaheer to bring in Harbhajan Singh. On similar roads, not sure if India needs such a long batting line up with Ashwin and Bhaji there. If India does go with the same bowling attack, it looks predictable and England would get what they anticipated.Time for Masala Chai and Rusk for the Pomies.

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 19, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Well played India, i thought this match is going towards draw but with quick wickets turned the match in favor of India.England being a high quality test side was expected to fight back hard and they didnt disappoint in second innings, however they could have saved the test as pitch flattened out .Trott,Bell and KP are much better batsman than Prior but he read the pitch better and applied himself accordingly.Usually Indian bowlers give up easily if they see a flat wicket but here they tried hard and got the results especially Umesh Yadav who bowled with good temperament on a pitch which had nothing in it for fast bowlers.England whitewashed us in last test series played in Eng, and they are ranked no 2 ,also Indian team is in transitional phase ,considering all these factors this performance will give lot of confidence to Indians.Hopefully we will see a pitch more helpful to spinners in Mumbai,slow and low dusty pitch like this one induces a boring draw most of the times.

Posted by NP_NY on (November 19, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@sweetspot: Cook would have been my man of the match too....if he had managed to secure a draw for England. Simply put....Pujara's innings won the match for India and that's why he is the man of the match. Besides Pujara looked more assured of all the batsmen including Cook.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 19, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

Monty Panesar needs to play in the second test. Character building fightback by the poms but the damage had already been done. It will be good to see the DRS in India as well. It may not be perfect but it is superior to the naked eye. Some say the bounce was low, but it was inconsistent which made batting difficult.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

The attitude of English fans is what impressed me against Pakistan earlier this year and continues to do so. Always gracious in accepting the defeat. This is what makes a team look solid on the field! Indian fans (in general) should take a note from them on how to react when you get defeated rather than blaming the opposition for preparing "green tops" and "bouncy" pitches.

Posted by CustomKid on (November 19, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

Sterling effort by Cook. He really has come of age. I never rated him early on his career but he was dealing with the like of Warne and Mcgrath back in those days. He now has a complete game and is a exceptional batsmen as much as I despise the old enemy.

The one man I do have time for in the ENG team is Matt Prior. He is an absolute ripper. A very good keeper and an exceptional bat. What I love the most about him is he plays for the team first and foremost. If they need quick runs he's having a real dip. If it's a rear guard rebuild the team requires he's able to do it. While he doesn't have the destructive power of Gilchrist, I think by the end of his career he'll have a similar record. He already has 6 test tons and just missed one today.

As for the rest of the team I don't know. Broad is going backward as is Bresnan. KP is hit and miss and Bell seems to be treading water. Prior, Swan, and Cook all had A+ games the rest were D at best. That won't win test matches in IND

Posted by GerrardLK on (November 19, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

If not the poor umpiring decisions, England would have either drawn or even won the match. This is why India is against DRS. If not I hardly see them winning a test match.

Posted by Narbavi on (November 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

@LillianThomson: Disagree completely!! First of all rather than calling these pitches as boring just admit that your team cannot play on these pitches, then the funniest part was you saying India and lanka are evenly matched in tests, sri lanka are miles below and do you even know anything about pakistan's batting line up to rate them above us? So much for being a pundit!!

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (November 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

The first hour helped the Indians. Not so much in terms of spin but the bowl kept low, gripped the surface and got Matt Prior and Cook out (in Cook's case the sudden spin helped too). When the Indians batted, the pitch wasn't doing that much even for Graeme Swann. This is what I had been saying for the last 2 days. The wicket (that was expected to crumble) has gone flat. There is no question about Cook's class and England's fighting ability but I would be interested to see how they cope up on a much better spinning track (which assists bounce and quick turn and crumbles as the days go by).

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 19, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft And after that clueless batting from Pujara against South Africa, Australia toured South Africa and bowled out for mere 49. And South Africa tehmeselves were bowled out for 70 against weak Indian attack. Even dravid managed 20 run in the entire series. So If it can happen to entire australian and home team south africa, It can happen to young pujara as well. He will Improve with time!

Posted by trueanalyst on (November 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Very well earned victory on a very slow & unresponsive pitch.Even on the 5th day India would have scored 350 runs if they played 90 overs.Zimbabwe had twice got out of rut on a similar pitch so dis Westindies in that Jimmy Padams series .Mumbai wicket will have more bounce which will help Indian Spinners better.Dhoni may give instructions to the curators not to prepare such wickets for the next three matches.It was only England which could lose this match , all other teams would have drawn the match

Posted by SLslider_original on (November 19, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Upset win by minnows in their backyard. Aswin and Ojha are noway near Ajmal, Narain and Mendis.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

good match to be watched... played well team INDIA

Posted by enigma77543 on (November 19, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Ojha should gotten the Man of the Match! It was turning a little but as could be seen, it wasn't the best wickets to bowl on, pretty flat one in fact; you need to bowl sides out to win Tests so there's no doubt Ojha should've gotten the award! Bowlers win Tests damn it!

@pitch_curator, that was almost a win by an innings, if that's not a "convincing win" then what is????

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (November 19, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Great win. By the way, to all those Indian fans who are casting doubts on Ashwin's ability - let's see if they are valid. In the first innings when Ashwin bowled, Samit was plumb lbw but given not out, Matt Prior was dropped by Zaheer and Sehwag couldn't hold on to Tim Bresnan's quick slip catch. Had all these happened, Ashwin would have got a 6 wicket haul. In the second innings, Nick Compton was given not out during the 4th day morning (of Ashwin's bowling) and in the final day, Dhoni went for Ojha-Zaheer combo instead of the 2 spinner combo (agreed, he had his own reasons for not tiring both spinners in one shot). People would have reacted differently if Ashwin had been brought earlier and got bowl or two to keep low and got a few wickets. Yes, Ojha bowled phenomenally well in this match (and he too missed out a few lbw decisions that were out) but always see the ENTIRE picture before commenting. Results matter the most (bno doubt) but context is important too.

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 19, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

well , we must not be overjoyed as England is a street level side. we should have beaten them by an innings

Posted by Akshita29 on (November 19, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Congrats to my Indian team . The best part is that Indian fast bowlers and Indian fielding looked far better than that of England . Playing spin was supposed to be the biggest problem for England but how will they bowl out India twice? Slip catching is another problem for them. Batting is likely to improve from here. As for India everything is perfect on these conditions and they might end up winning 3-0 or 4-0. And a very good thing is that after this test BCCI would be thinking about bringing DRS to matches in India.

Posted by path_finder_13 on (November 19, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@Humayoun Ahmed Khan mumbai is best pich for spinners in india....so really 1-1 is too much to ask......

Posted by scottnye on (November 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Well played India. Frustrating that England played so badly in the first innings. even 290 would have given us the likelihood of a draw.

The selectors need to make some changes for the 2nd test. Patel out, Bairstow or Morgan in (poss Morgan as useful to have a left hander in the middle order, and one that plays unorthodox shots and manouevers the ball around well). I would drop both Broad and Bresnan, and bring in Finn & Panesar. As far as I know, Bell will not play in 2nd test, so I guess Baitstow will come in anyway, so Patel for Morgan, although I do not expect so many changes as this.

Posted by himohan007 on (November 19, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

@pitch_curator: I completely disagree u since u have disrespected Sir Ravinder Jadeja

Posted by sweetspot on (November 19, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

Before all the gloating shows up, I'd like to share my view that although it is hard to deny young Pujara the Man of the Match award, it really is hard for me to not think of Alastair Cook as the real man of the match. Pujara was fantastic, no doubt, and his runs contributed heavily to the outcome, but he had his support cast in place in both departments. Cook, apart from Prior, really fought a lone and awesome battle as captain, from a no win position.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

Steven Finn will b back for the 2nd test, a 6'7" highly skilled and confident bowler bowling at a speed of around 145-150 km/h with ability to in-swing & out swing. His height can get him the bounce to trouble Indian batting lineup ((which has always been susceptible against 140 plus swinging short pitch bouncing bowling))............ So all home side batsmen, better be aware of him..He troubled Indian batting during India-England ODIs 2011 played in India.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (November 19, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

There was so much to enjoy in this Test match! The carefree batting of Sehwag & the budding class of Pujara (can he do it away from India? I think he can & will) & for me, the classic SLA bowling of Ojha especially, besides the grit & character shown by Cook & Prior & Swann's marathon lone hand -- all of the above made this an 7.5/10 Test. IMO, for it to have scored 8 or more, I'd have liked it to have been a closer contest. Only three players on the England side had a good game & that wasn't good enough. To win a Test, more than half of the team have to play well, even if the rest have only average games. For Mumbai, here's my tuppence: Finn for Broad. If Finn isn't fit, then it's Meaker (let's have some genuine pace!); Monty for Bresnan & Bairstow has Bell's slot. If Jonny fires, then that could see Bell out of the side. I'd also think of KP at 3 & Trott at 4 to get over the stodge at the top of the order. England must have some impetus before the dice are rolled, when KP comes in.

Posted by Bodders70 on (November 19, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

The expected result in the end after our dire first innings but well done Cookie and Prior for taking it to the fifth day. Makes me wish even more that Prior was vice captain, the true team man, plays in the right 'hard but fair' spirit instead of the petulant one. Would allow the bowlers in the next game to be Anderson-Finn-Swann-Panesar with Patel kept to fulfill the Yuvraj Singh equivalent role. That looks a long tail but Broad's done nothing with the bat recently so it's not much longer. Bairstow comes in for Bell and though KP's a walking wicket I think he has to stay as Morgan showed little in these sort of conditions in the UAE. My team would be Cook-Compton-Trott-KP-Bairstow-Patel-Prior-Swann-Anderson-Finn-Panesar. I predict Cook-Compton-Trott-KP-Bairstow-Patel-Prior-Broad-Swann-Anderson-Panesar or a real 'top six, batting's up to you' and gamble of Cook-Compton-Trott-KP-Patel-Prior-Broad-Swann-Anderson-Finn-Panesar to basically carry Broad in the team you want plus him.

Posted by rkhalil on (November 19, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

India should make all the pitches full turners. Let's see how england face next 3.

Posted by csowmi7 on (November 19, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

@haleos Ashwin bowled well in the first innings taking 3 wickets but the fact must be accepted that he cant take 4-5 wickets every innings. There have been many occasions where Ashwin has taken many wickets and Ojha has played second fiddle taking only a few. In this match Ojha was bowling well and Ashwin was bowling defensive lines to build pressure from one end. Not to mention the fact that in the first innings Ashwin had prior dropped off his bowling and in the second Dhoni missed the stumping of Compton. He also had many close lbw shouts not going in his favor. It is because of him that India managed to get rid of the top order in the first innings Ashwin accounting for Trott,Cook and Compton.

Posted by LillianThomson on (November 19, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

England really defeated themselves against a mediocre Indian team on a boringly flat wicket. On these boring tracks every game is like a 0-0 draw in football, as Cook and Pujara compiled anaesthetic innings against castrated bowlers. England's achievement was to score the own-goals (Pietersen and Bell) which converted a 0-0 draw into the equivalent of a 2-0 defeat in football. But how can India ever aspire to win a match overseas against a decent team if their batsmen get used to quick bowlers lifting the ball barely above shin height? It's not so much "win at all costs" as "avoid defeat at all costs". But having seen England play away v Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India this year it is plain obvious that Pakistan has by far the strongest Test side of the four while India and Sri Lanka are evenly matched.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Well done Indian team salute to both pujara & ojha.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (November 19, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

@Haleos, Pujara scored a sound fifty to set up victory when Australia came here last. But a few months later he was clueless when India toured South Africa.

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 19, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

@Haleos - Swann is the second best offspinner in the world, when he himself struggled, i'm not surprised by Ashwin's struggle to pick buket full of wickets. And BTW, spinners bowl in tandem so in that sense it was Ohja that dominated in this Test, we have seen otherway as well. And lastly Ashwin started the slide on Day 2 so he did have a part albiet small one in this Test.

Posted by VinodGupte on (November 19, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

ashwin was as effective as harbhajan singh in the IInd innings. ahem.

Posted by colombo_SL on (November 19, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Congratulation India! Great victory. It is always better to win the first match of a series. India did that comprehensively. Hope, they will extend this performance to rest of matches.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Well done India. I imagine the pitches will all be produced like this one so winning the toss will play a too important part in the results. England have to pick Monty, drop Broad or Bresnan, doesn't matter which one and put up with Montys pathetic fielding. Batting wise, England have to think about their order. Cook, Comton, Trott first three is too one dimensional and negative. Bell won't be missed the way he is playing. Give Morgan a go although personally I dont rate him as a Test batter.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

No complaints, we were outplayed. Bit of a recovery but if you concede a 300+ run first innings lead you are lucky to avoid the inning defeat. On to the next game. Can only hope they have learned their lessons both selection and performance wise, Bells made it a bit easier by not being in the second test but I may never forgive him for that first innings shot. Recriminations aside I'd say Cook, Compton, Trott, KP, Morgan, Patel, Prior, Bresnan, Swann, Anderson and Monty if the pitch looks like it will take spin.

Posted by vishal27892 on (November 19, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

great effort by team india but still lot of questions need to be sorted out if we want the no.1 ranking back....in pujara i think we got the next dravid but its too early to comment because we need to see hi overseas performance but yes a solid player tight in defence and good against both spin and pace and it time for dhoni now to think ojha as no.1 overseas spinner playing for india in overseas....the control and his line and length are immaculate...

Posted by pitch_curator on (November 19, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Good hard fought win for India. Although many would say that the manner of the win is not convincing, I think this is exactly the kind of hard working win India needed here to get the team ready for the series ahead. Ashwin will come into his own in Mumbai where there might be bounce and grip for the spinners. Pujara showed what a great prospect he is. Time for Rahane to replace Sachin? From English side, barring cook and Prior rest of the batsmen have been badly exposed. Accept it or deny it, but KP has psychological issues against left arm spinners and he is playing a lot of pre-determined shots instead of reacting to the ball. I dont see Bresnan, Anderson and Broad being half as effective as in England. Get Finn in for Bresnan. Also, Samit Patel is exactly the kind of bits and pieces cricketer that you do not need in test cricket. Better to go with Monty. Ignore Patel's preformances in the warm up as Ravindra Jadeja also performs brilliantly against Indian domestic sides.

Posted by rkhalil on (November 19, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Congrats india, welldone..

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 19, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Great win, this wicket is entirly deferent from the traditional turners in IND, the pitch was slow & flat , our bowlers did good job , the ENGLISH find it more challenging in remainers as we see rank turners , congrats to both the teams for superb cricket in this match.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

superb batting by pujara and bowling by Ojha.I hope you will continue this performance in next match as well

Posted by St.John on (November 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

India always had the impetus with that 521 in the first. Englands capitulation in their first was gloomy and didnt agur well but their roar back in the second shows promise for an evenly matched series. This isnt an Micawber-like prediction!

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (November 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

England,Welcome to India, It's a bloody difficult place to win, right!! They have to get Panesar in their team and also Finn who seems to be their only pace bowler who can get anything out of these pitches, the rest of their medium pacers are just lambs to the slaughter. Probably also give Morgan a chance as his footwork against spinners is better than some others

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 19, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Well done to Indian Bowlers. No other bowling attack would have bowled out opposition on this flat track as it is evident from India's second innings where Graeme Swan was put to carnage by young Pujara.

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 19, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

this is no surprise and confirms that england have only two decent players in the how many million that play cricket in that country not to mention south africa and ireland and wherever else they want to poach players from. swann and cook. and cook isnt anythng amazing just great temperament and focus and good technique. it is staggering that broad and bresnans test careers even started in the first place let alone are still going. anderson is only useful in favourable conditions but we already knew that. the batting stocks are so thin they cant actually get together 6 test batsmen. i mean who comes into the side in the top 6? bairstow? morgan? morgan averages 35 in county cricket and bairstow cant even play fast bowling in his home conditions let alone spin in foreign conditions. im so looking foward to the ashes next year my god its going to be fun watching clarkes men have there way with england.

Posted by Ramesh_Joseph on (November 19, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Fine win for India and congrats. Sachin and Ashwin need to step up for the next Test.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 19, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

congrats to India on a good win also well done to England and especially cook and prior for making this game go to the last day with special knocks when England needed them...hopefully for next test, monty will come in for Bresnan(even tho i am a big fan) and onions for broad..

Posted by Haleos on (November 19, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Would be interesting to know why ashwin regarded as best spin bowler in the country was hardly effective compared to Ojha.

Posted by nilesh91 on (November 19, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Congratulation Team India! Very well played Cook #respect. nice bowling Ojha. I thought Ojha is main contender for MOM though congrats Pujara, nice see to he can change the gear if needed which is different than the Legend, who's he is feeling the boots.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

England simply lost this test in their mind , rather than on pitch....Too cautious or overaggressive approach against good but not great spin bowling. Even the seamers looked resign from bowl1 thinking it is impossible to get wickets on Indian pitches...Honestly Yadav looked way more potent than any english seamer. Cook , Swan and prior played this test match...others just participated.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Dhoni and boys taste his 1st victory until th tour end this happen never will end.........

Posted by Haleos on (November 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Pujara's approach is so refreshing. It shows that you dont need an average of 60 in Ranji trophy to come good at International level. People like Badri and vijayis should learn.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Well, I hope this is great news for all India Bashers. In INdia, if a batsman or team want to hang in there they need grit and determination . But they cannot WIN by just defending every delivery. Cook and Prior played gems but they werent playing fast enough to give INdia a fairly large total. And again except Cook and prior no England batsmen gave the impression that they want to slug it out to save the match

Posted by DEV_ME on (November 19, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

In the Third Para of the article - did you mean Pujara Rallied on or Pujara Sallied on ??? A good effort by India, which could have been a bit faster, provided, Dhoni starts talking ot bowlers, other than Zaheer, and offers them better fields. Maybe he should have a word with Ganuguly and Gavaskar - for their observations. Ashwin getting only 1 wicket in the second inning, that too of an erractic shot from Swann, is a worry. India better watch out. In the post match handshakes, one could see Zaheer bullying the younger members .... is it correct behaviour ? Can India try out Rahane instead of Gambhir at Mumbai ? Too many questions - but all masked by the win.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Consigned to history, this test was a reminder of the Indian spirit that has emerged post Sourav's captaincy. Gone are the days when we played docile cricket and defeats were accepted philosophically and never hurt, now we want to give it back in equal measure to the teams that humiliate us in their home conditions.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Ironic it may sound, but the one area where England were clearly below India was their FAST bowling. Medium pacers bowling 120-125 kmph will not get you wickets in India. Which is why India relies on spin, something England can't rely on. You need one bowler like Yadaaav, who can clock mid 140s consistently. Finn?

Posted by Ramakrish86 on (November 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Impressive performance from INDIA. Should make it 4-0. There is no wrong in preparing spinning tracks. A cricketer should be able to bat on both fast & spin tracks. Only then he can be known as a complete Batsman. Unlike Indians on English conditions, England gave signal that they can fight on Indian spin & slow conditions. Be careful India. It will not be easy to make it 4-0. Indian fast bowles are good than English swing kings

Posted by himohan007 on (November 19, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

Good batting by Cook who looked rock solid until that ball from Ojha. Prior always makes is contribution to the team when chips are down. Although we won this match. We must not be relaxed. The are getting better day by day.

Pujara deserved this MOM. what an attacking second innings knock. Shewag should have batted sensibly. 10 wkts would have be sweet revenge to start with. Gambir pls stay with ur family. I mean to say stay way from team India. Now its time for Rahane to open. Also Sachin should make way for hard working talented Manoj Tiwary

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (November 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

great match. few noticeable things 1) Too early, but Pujara is strong contender for place vacated by Wall. 2) Cook is greatest opener currently playing the game. The way he is moving and age on his side, he will sure top the games greats. 3) Amusing and really happy to see that fastest bowler in the match was an Indian (Umesh). 4) Ashwin sure need to work on his fitness. When opposition keeps you on field for 6+ hours this aspect comes into picture. Thats why Bhajji was more successful than him when he was in his prime. He still is fitter than Ashwin. Ashwin though got wickets in first inning but Swann was way better bowler than him. 5) Broad & Bresnan are big time liabilities for Eng, I would say infact they are part of Indian team the way they are performing.

Posted by VikksB on (November 19, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Extraordinary fightback by England in second innings. Good to see, but the task was mammoth. India won by 9 wickets, very good to see. Have opened a lot more to see in second test, as i feel, England require some change(s). Panesar will be in I think. Best of Luck to England. Play well India. Yo!

Posted by chokkashokka on (November 19, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

"India can congratulate itself on engineering a perfect victory" - just like england engineered a No. 1 ranking. India deserves a victory in this game that it so overwhelming dominated - as for the "indecent haste" - this is sport with high stakes, not some charity fund raiser. There were no demons in the wicket as demonstrated by the indian run chase. There was more than enough assistance for the quicks - did you see the amount of swing for the Indian "medium pacers" as they were referred to. As for being grateful for Swann's wicket - it is the English batsman who ought to be grateful to the umpires allowing them that precious little sustenance. Lets hope for balance - on the field and in these columns during test 2.

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Great effort by Cook and Prior. Instead of meek surrender, they showed great fight in the 2nd innings which was not there in India's eight 2nd innings at England and Australia. Had Panesar and Finn played, it would have been a different ball game. But I am happy about the failures of KP as his presence was obver hyped.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

good work keep it up.....

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

I knew this match was over the minute Alastair Cook got out. I stayed up til 5am yesterday watching him and Matt Prior defy India's bowlers for two sessions. But it was always a question of when their partnership would come to an end. Although Ind won, and well-played to them, Eng didn't do themselves any favors with their wayward bowling in the first innings followed by below-par batting. They could have made this match far more competitive than what it turned out to be.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

good stuff - great start, keep it going boys!

Posted by thegoodgame on (November 19, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

In a test match unlike in a limited overs game, the end does not always justify the means. The pleasure is in the way the game is played over 5 days - the ups and downs and the strength of character displayed. While India won eventually, due to a good all round performance - England can take inspiration from one of the best knocks I've ever seen under pressure from Cook. I did feel the Indian bowling was flagging a bit yesterday when they were not able to dislodge Cook/Prior - they need to have greater confidence in themselves. It was a thoroughly enjoyable contest!

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

Great work by team India.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

England performed way better than what I thght they would.. Atleast they showed some fight.. Cook has been the dravid for England.. Even though they lost it, they have plenty of positives to take along.. For India They have won it.. Shld have been an innings win.. Ashwin, Gambhir, Sachin and dhoni's form a concern.. Batsmen can be forgiven, bt not ashwin.. Work hard dude :)

Posted by Harry1218 on (November 19, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Well done INDIA!!! ....three more to go like this way. ...Inspite of Cook and Prior english team is looking so pathetic...

Posted by the_way_you_play_it on (November 19, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Congrats to Team India. The English did put a brave fight at the end but it was not enough, good competitive match overall and definitely was not boring as Aus vs SA. If Eng show the same application and fighting spirit in the next matches with finn along with panesar, anything can happen, but India are heavyweighted favourites to win it from here I expect India winnig this 3-0 or 2-0 from here........

Posted by ooper_cut on (November 19, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Sore losers, aren't they, the English bowlers, Broad, Bresnan and Swann ? Trying to damage the pitch !! Did they think they can scuttle India out for less than 100 ?

Posted by denwarlo70 on (November 19, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Congratulations Team India from a Sri Lankan cricket fan. We are also about to kick some Kiwi you know what, ha ha,

Posted by disco_bob on (November 19, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

Isn't it a trifle surreal that Cook come's out with the same media comment ie "It was a great fightback in the second innings", when he WAS the second innings fightback. It's like talking about oneself in the third person.

He may as well have gone to town on it with something like... 'We were let down in the first innings, but as a captain, it brought a tear to my eye and a flush of pride when I saw that one of our boys metaphorically said, 'no, we are England', and then proceeded to produce a knock of superlative calm, free flowing technical wizardry and a show of strength that will live long in the hearts and minds of everyone who witnessed this historical flailing of the willow", for example.

Posted by Full-Blooded-Wallop on (November 19, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

It's going to be tough now for England :) This was the most receptive of tracks.. Mumbai,Chennai and Kolkata heavily favours spin and keep breaking on as the match progresses unlike this one which became flat and slow :D

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 19, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Nothing much to say other than congratulations to India. That was a very clinical finish. If Cook & Prior had gotten going things might have been tight, but that was knocked on the head very early. Great job India.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (November 19, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

England's cheap tactics of roughing the pitch's playing area got them nowhere and they got the drubbing they deserved.... well played cook... 1-0 up and 3 more to go.... monty or no monty they'll be hammered ... well played lads..... a good fight by England nevertheless !!!!! good luck in the next matches... you had most of it in this match itself which helped you bring the test into the 5 th day!!!!!!!

Posted by MirFarrukh on (November 19, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Congrats India for the thumping win. Nine wickets haul by Ojha was remarkable and well supported by speedo Umesh. Pujara has played really well. For the next match I suggest that Zaheer need to be rested as Ishant can be tried in his place. I wish India all success and hope they will all the 04 test match. ALL THE BEST....GO INDIA GO...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 19, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Congratulations to INDIA !!!! Well done boys, thoroughly comprehensive victory. Well done to Alistair Cook on a brilliant game individually. He deserves a lot better fight from the rest of his team mates. Drastic changes needed by England for the Mumbai test. First up, Monty Panesar is a MUST. He might not be effective against Indian batsmen BUT in the sub continent, it's always essential to play 2 spinners. So lot of work to do for England. They have 3 days to ponder.

Posted by indicricket on (November 19, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

England did not lose because they played badly and surely India did not play well. England lost because of 1) No DRS (If there was DRS, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Prior, Bresnan, Broad and Swann would not have out in the second innings, 2) Bad pitch, 3) Bad Umpiring, 4) Bad food, 5) Bad living conditions… I am sure there are more similar reasons.

Posted by dharm4u_india on (November 19, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

congrats india...hard luck england....

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

OJHA should be the man of match . In fact, the system of Man of The match should be changed to-- Man of the Match ( Batsman) & Man Of the Match (Bowler) a new prise for Fielder of the match.

Posted by chin-music on (November 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Hard fought win for India & signs that English batsmen will fight hard in rest of series. And, it also looks like somewhere along the line in this series, India's stupid insistence on not having DRS will bite them in the behind - it almost did in this match! India's reluctance on DRS is clearly driven by the self-interest of its over pampered coterie of batting superstars eager to protect their averages. This lopsided appreciation of cricket in India just shone through with Pujara's 200 being given precedence over Ojha's 9-for for the MoM.

Posted by ste13 on (November 19, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

England has put up good fight. Still, the most surprising thing is how much Yadav and Khan contribution was better than the one of Anderson and Broad. England attack was just toothless.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (November 19, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Soooooo NICE to see Indian Fast bowler Umesh Yadav bowling quick (140+) consistently and reversing the old ball well.

We all know how good Indian spinners are but Ind Fast bowlers good-form is a big plus for Dhoni.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (November 19, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

If we look at this match superficially, we will all think England can feel proud of their second innings fightback and that there are some positives that they can take moving into the second test. But if you look at the match carefully, you will see that Cook and Prior scored the max in the first innings and ditto in the second innings too. All others failed miserably. You cannot expect Cook and Prior to do this innings after innings and hence it is a big cause for worry for them. I am sure India will take some lessons from this match and ensure that the next pitch they play on will be a big turner.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Englands Final Frontier has started with a bang on their from the Indian spinners....And wait for more to come in the remaining matches....

Posted by ramli on (November 19, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Congratulations India! Magnificent job! Take it forward and win the series! Don't lose focus and don't fall prey to disgruntled elements. Good luck!

Posted by   on (November 19, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Honestly speaking, this victory is no where near what England achieved last year against the same opposition at their home. Not taking any credit away from the Indians, they played some sensational cricket but I think there would be loads of thoughts going on in their minds. If they are smart then I think they would not be taking England lightly as the latter amazed us (neutral) as well as Indian fans with their ability to play on the Indian tracks. Good fight shown by England. A few changes are needed to be made. I personally think KP will fire in next match as he always performs under pressure. Next match looks pretty even to me. 60% to India at Mumbai but would love to see the scoreline after the second test as 1-1. Cheers!

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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