England in India 2012-13 November 9, 2012

India begin preparatory camp ahead of England Tests

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While the visiting Englishmen played their third warm-up game of the India tour in Ahmedabad, India's Test side eased into its three-day preparatory camp for the upcoming series with a short practice session at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in south Mumbai. All members of the squad, barring Harbhajan Singh, whose flight was delayed, arrived at the CCI in the afternoon, along with coach Duncan Fletcher, and batted and bowled for a little more than an hour after a short game of football. With the World Twenty20 and Champions League T20 having consumed most of September and October, this was the first outing for India's Test side in nine weeks, the first after the New Zealand series at home.

The fitness of Zaheer Khan, who had lasted all of 13.3 overs on India's tour of England last year, was again in focus. Zaheer had pulled up sore, pointing towards his groin, on the third day of Mumbai's Ranji Trophy opener against Railways last week, and had walked off the field. He didn't bowl or field on the fourth and final day, but Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar had said Zaheer's problem was just cramp. Today, while the other quick bowlers in the India squad, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, bowled through the mini-session, Zaheer spent the majority of his time on the massage table. He eventually did bowl for a while but was clearly not extending himself. On the other hand, Ishant and Umesh, especially, bowled with pace and rhythm.

The batsmen took to the nets as per the batting order in batches of four, with Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar starting off. Pujara looked in fine touch, defending and attacking confidently, though the bowling was below par at times. With various age-group matches going on in Mumbai at the moment, it was difficult to assemble decent young net bowlers. Two of those bowlers, though, managed to hit Tendulkar's stumps once each with the batsman appearing a touch tentative. Tendulkar did loft R Ashwin crisply a few times and soon left the nets to receive a few throwdowns.

Next in were Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni. Gambhir and M Vijay, the reserve opener, continued to bat into the fading light after the rest were done. After Gambhir walked off eventually, Vijay hit a few more for a while against the local spinners and was the last player to leave the nets. The squad will have a full training session tomorrow.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Neeta on November 11, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Great Job Harmony111..to all the Sachin detractors..the way he has been preparing for this series u just wait and watch..waiting for the master's heroics and people like Prashant Pandit should shut up because they don't know what Sachin is all about. They are all recent fans of cricket who would not even understand what SRT is to the game and how much he has served the country and is still miles ahead of his contemporaries. People started his career after him and finished before him and they say that the guy is not tough.

  • Harmony111 on November 10, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @Prashant Pandit: The guy loses his father, goes back and then comes back and scores a 100 and even then that man is not mentally strong. The guy top scored in the premier world event of cricket twice and is the all time top scorer and yeah the man must be mentally weak. Someone who scores a 100 or 70 or 50 in ONE match must be mentally strong right? They guy comes in at 6/2, scores a century then under severe back spasms plays one false shot with only 12 more runs to get only to see his mentally stronger teammates give in and still this guy must be mentally weak. The guy makes his debut at the age of 16, gets hit on the face but battles on even with a bloodied face but clearly he is mentally weak. At the age of 19 the man scores a 100 at the fastest wicket in the world but how can he be mentally strong? The man was the first ever to the 200 run mark but this doesn't prove he is mentally strong. The man has been MoM vs our arch rivals 3/5 in WC but clearly he is mentally weak. Right?

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    And the news is that sand is being added and clay content is being reduced on the main pitch so that the pitch breaks down as soon as possible , this would mean toss would be really really important .

  • S-A-M-1994 on November 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    CAMP OR NOT..... INDIA GONNA LOSE 4-0

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Last 2 times England did really well in india. In 2010 in the only test that india won Strauss set 387 to win for india and that backfired. Sehwag played a brilliant innings in the 2nd innings . The 2nd test test was drawn with KP scoring a century for england . So the last 2 times England visited india they have not been that poor . They were ok and competitive in tests . Its the one dayers where they fared really poorly but almost every other team fare poorly in india against Indian powerful batting line up .Srilanka ,South africa , Nz , Australia, Wi , Pakisthan ,Australia all have lost in their most recent odi visit to India . India is really good at home in all formats but I don't think they can white wash England in tests it would be 2-1 or 1-1 for India if I am to make to guess. However in Odis India would be allover England.

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @ Lawrencepeters In the past decade England have won series in both Pakisthan and Srilanka under Nasser Hussain .

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @Lawrence peters England won the test in Mumbai in 2006 .

  • on November 10, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Both, Sachin, who is in terrible form for quite some time; and 'injured'-before-a-series-specialist" Zaheer should not be in the playing XI. Selectors have wasted two slots, by including these two. We already have enough worries about the two veteran openers! If the openers also fail, four slots are wasted!

  • on November 10, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    It looks, Sachin is going to get out, bowled, again... and ... again.... If Meaker plays, Sachin will be his bunny; since the great man always had a soft corner for international debutantes!

  • on November 10, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Since extracts from Mickey Arthur's "Dozier" were publicly available, I tried to post extracts from Andy Flower's non-existing "Dozier" to get the Indian team out cheaply. Only 2 of the 8 pieces got posted here; so it looks disjointed ( No 2 & No 8-11). If any one wonders, what this disjointed stuff is, this is the answer!

  • Neeta on November 11, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Great Job Harmony111..to all the Sachin detractors..the way he has been preparing for this series u just wait and watch..waiting for the master's heroics and people like Prashant Pandit should shut up because they don't know what Sachin is all about. They are all recent fans of cricket who would not even understand what SRT is to the game and how much he has served the country and is still miles ahead of his contemporaries. People started his career after him and finished before him and they say that the guy is not tough.

  • Harmony111 on November 10, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    @Prashant Pandit: The guy loses his father, goes back and then comes back and scores a 100 and even then that man is not mentally strong. The guy top scored in the premier world event of cricket twice and is the all time top scorer and yeah the man must be mentally weak. Someone who scores a 100 or 70 or 50 in ONE match must be mentally strong right? They guy comes in at 6/2, scores a century then under severe back spasms plays one false shot with only 12 more runs to get only to see his mentally stronger teammates give in and still this guy must be mentally weak. The guy makes his debut at the age of 16, gets hit on the face but battles on even with a bloodied face but clearly he is mentally weak. At the age of 19 the man scores a 100 at the fastest wicket in the world but how can he be mentally strong? The man was the first ever to the 200 run mark but this doesn't prove he is mentally strong. The man has been MoM vs our arch rivals 3/5 in WC but clearly he is mentally weak. Right?

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    And the news is that sand is being added and clay content is being reduced on the main pitch so that the pitch breaks down as soon as possible , this would mean toss would be really really important .

  • S-A-M-1994 on November 10, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    CAMP OR NOT..... INDIA GONNA LOSE 4-0

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Last 2 times England did really well in india. In 2010 in the only test that india won Strauss set 387 to win for india and that backfired. Sehwag played a brilliant innings in the 2nd innings . The 2nd test test was drawn with KP scoring a century for england . So the last 2 times England visited india they have not been that poor . They were ok and competitive in tests . Its the one dayers where they fared really poorly but almost every other team fare poorly in india against Indian powerful batting line up .Srilanka ,South africa , Nz , Australia, Wi , Pakisthan ,Australia all have lost in their most recent odi visit to India . India is really good at home in all formats but I don't think they can white wash England in tests it would be 2-1 or 1-1 for India if I am to make to guess. However in Odis India would be allover England.

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @ Lawrencepeters In the past decade England have won series in both Pakisthan and Srilanka under Nasser Hussain .

  • Akshita29 on November 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @Lawrence peters England won the test in Mumbai in 2006 .

  • on November 10, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Both, Sachin, who is in terrible form for quite some time; and 'injured'-before-a-series-specialist" Zaheer should not be in the playing XI. Selectors have wasted two slots, by including these two. We already have enough worries about the two veteran openers! If the openers also fail, four slots are wasted!

  • on November 10, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    It looks, Sachin is going to get out, bowled, again... and ... again.... If Meaker plays, Sachin will be his bunny; since the great man always had a soft corner for international debutantes!

  • on November 10, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Since extracts from Mickey Arthur's "Dozier" were publicly available, I tried to post extracts from Andy Flower's non-existing "Dozier" to get the Indian team out cheaply. Only 2 of the 8 pieces got posted here; so it looks disjointed ( No 2 & No 8-11). If any one wonders, what this disjointed stuff is, this is the answer!

  • on November 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    GETTING BOWLED IN PRACTISE NETS IN NEVER A GOOD SIGN AS ANY PERSON WHO HAS DONE THIS KNOW. YOU WILL MOST DEFINITELY GET BOWLED IN REAL MATCHES.

  • sachinisawesome on November 10, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    @Prashant Pandit Amla is exactly like Sachin even he never looks in the eye of the bowler and just because he is scoring runs for 3-4 years he is not mentally stronger than Sachin. Sachin has scored runs for last two decades and u say he is not mentally strong. What's wrong wid u? Amla has support of the best bowling line up and perhaps the best batting line up in the world today. Sachin had none during his first Decade. Pujara scored a hundred in India against NZ and u say he will be the backbone for next decade, he has miles to go to be even considered a shadow of Dravid.Please don't judge players for their last one year performance. Kohli has been in tremendous form but will he be able to maintain d consistency. If he doesn't score for 8 odd matches u will be the first one to say that he doesn't belong to this level. Think about it...

  • on November 10, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    2. Veeru: Just bounce, make him upper cut. He may hit a few for six. Soon enough, he will get the elevation and not the distance. Presto, he will be out. Keep a fielder at deep point, who can run in any direction to pouch the skier.

  • on November 10, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    8-11. If you get the top 7 fast, the rest will hopefully follow. But keep an eye on Ashwin. Make him get involved in a run-out, preferably himself; getting his partner out is only a second choice.

  • ssenthil on November 10, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @mikey76, Why England scored well is becoz India doesn't have a proper test bowler except Ishant who was playing there hiding his Injury and our only decent Fast bowler was PK whom Indian slip cordon stands at 30 yard to miss most of the edges due to dump Dhoni sets the slip cordon that far. But for the fact PK with those not attacking field sets and a speed of 120k had those many wickets meant, what you call those pitches? Flat?

  • on November 10, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Analysis of Team India, Sachin - This guy would have done 50% better than his current records, if he was mentally strong, the way he gets bogged down & hides for a eye contact with bowler, is reflection of his personality. I feel none of the coaches ever worked on this aspect, It was any day better to see Viv Richards Than S, Gavaskar. M.S.Dhoni - Always under rated his batting talent, after being a captain, He should be up in the order Virat Kohli - A perfect example of determination over talent, He would be the highest run scorer in most of the formats along with H. Amla. V. Sehwag - Only he can make or break his career, Needs a strong coach or captain to get going, all in the minds. C. Pujara - Will be the backbone of Indian batting for next decade, will do the role of Dravid d wall to perfection Yuvraj Singh - Immensely talented but wasted resource, But i see a turn around post cancer, the next 3 years he will be in his best time of his life, only because of determination

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 10, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    I think kohli is not going to score more runs as expected by others...watch out for Pujara..

  • El_Toro_Loco on November 10, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Here we go again, indian editor of this article has already start making excuses of impending defeat in the upcoming series. "Visiting Englishmen have played 3 warm up matches already" & we played none. Classic.....

  • LawrencePeters on November 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Mikey, I couldn't get you... Scoring centuries is not because the pitch is flat. It is because of batsman's technique.. India never and wont prepare a rank turner. All players are good in their own backyard. So do England. When some Indian players struggled in England, Dravid showed how to play with pure technique. So, good batsman with sound technique can score runs in any pitch in this globe.

    The fact is, India squared a test match series in 2002 in England & won the series in 2007. The only time we missed to register a win is 2011. But England last won a test match in India is 1985. This means we showed lot of technique in England, but, England still did not learn an art to score big in subcontinent pitches. WHEN YOU GUYS STOP BLAMING ON PITCHES AND SHOW GOOD BATTING TECHNIQUE?

  • on November 9, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Anything less than a complete series whitewash should - and will - be considered as a failure for Team India. But unfortunately, I do not see that happening with the defensive mindsets that have crept into the entire team's thinking. SRT is still continuing, a pace spearhead is sorely missing and our openers are perhaps in the worst rut of their lives. The only hope for India is Virat Kohli. He truly is a class spart and is in sublime touch. After reading the article, it seems Gambhir has finally woken up and got a sniff of the coffee ! His place is on the line, what with Rahane & Vijay both in the squad.

  • mikey76 on November 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    ssenthill. Taste of our own medicine? The pitches we played on in England were flat. Not raging greentops like you people like to make out. Look at the scores England racked up in that series and the amount of big hundreds that were scored by the likes of Bell, KP and Cook.

  • ssenthil on November 9, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    I hope BCCI dishes out a pitch same as the current Tamil Nadu Vs Karnataka Ranji match pitch, which offering turn and bounce from day-1 and keeping a bit low on some times. Much like TN batsman Indian batsman will easily score despite the amount of turn and bounce in offer on the other hand England would have been folded below 200 despite batting first. I hope BCCI brings cheers on Indian fans face by providing pitches like those to give England a taste of their own medicine.

  • Nampally on November 9, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    While it is heartening to see all the batsmen in the Nets, Only 3 bowlers were named- Yadev, Ishant & Ashwin. What about Ojha & Yuvraj? Did they bowl? It is clear to any Cricketer that the groin injuries to fast bowlers do not heal easily. Why was ZAK selected knowing that he had groin injury? He should be rested to avoid aggravating his injury. Get Praveen Kumar or Irfan (if Fit). My second point is this squad has no wrist leg spinner for the reasons best known to the Selectors. Mishra captured 4 wkts. vs. England in their practice match. Add Mishra or Rahul Sharma to the squad. If India go with 3 spinners, it MUST include a right arm wrist spinner. Ashwin & Harbhajan are both off spinners. " Harbhajan should be left strictly as a back up - plays only if Ashwin is injured". India is fooling itself if they wish to play 2 off spinners because England has plenty of experience Vs. a better off spinner - Swann. LH spinner & RH leg spinner pose real problems for England. Exploit weakness!

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  • Nampally on November 9, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    While it is heartening to see all the batsmen in the Nets, Only 3 bowlers were named- Yadev, Ishant & Ashwin. What about Ojha & Yuvraj? Did they bowl? It is clear to any Cricketer that the groin injuries to fast bowlers do not heal easily. Why was ZAK selected knowing that he had groin injury? He should be rested to avoid aggravating his injury. Get Praveen Kumar or Irfan (if Fit). My second point is this squad has no wrist leg spinner for the reasons best known to the Selectors. Mishra captured 4 wkts. vs. England in their practice match. Add Mishra or Rahul Sharma to the squad. If India go with 3 spinners, it MUST include a right arm wrist spinner. Ashwin & Harbhajan are both off spinners. " Harbhajan should be left strictly as a back up - plays only if Ashwin is injured". India is fooling itself if they wish to play 2 off spinners because England has plenty of experience Vs. a better off spinner - Swann. LH spinner & RH leg spinner pose real problems for England. Exploit weakness!

  • ssenthil on November 9, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    I hope BCCI dishes out a pitch same as the current Tamil Nadu Vs Karnataka Ranji match pitch, which offering turn and bounce from day-1 and keeping a bit low on some times. Much like TN batsman Indian batsman will easily score despite the amount of turn and bounce in offer on the other hand England would have been folded below 200 despite batting first. I hope BCCI brings cheers on Indian fans face by providing pitches like those to give England a taste of their own medicine.

  • mikey76 on November 9, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    ssenthill. Taste of our own medicine? The pitches we played on in England were flat. Not raging greentops like you people like to make out. Look at the scores England racked up in that series and the amount of big hundreds that were scored by the likes of Bell, KP and Cook.

  • on November 9, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Anything less than a complete series whitewash should - and will - be considered as a failure for Team India. But unfortunately, I do not see that happening with the defensive mindsets that have crept into the entire team's thinking. SRT is still continuing, a pace spearhead is sorely missing and our openers are perhaps in the worst rut of their lives. The only hope for India is Virat Kohli. He truly is a class spart and is in sublime touch. After reading the article, it seems Gambhir has finally woken up and got a sniff of the coffee ! His place is on the line, what with Rahane & Vijay both in the squad.

  • LawrencePeters on November 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Mikey, I couldn't get you... Scoring centuries is not because the pitch is flat. It is because of batsman's technique.. India never and wont prepare a rank turner. All players are good in their own backyard. So do England. When some Indian players struggled in England, Dravid showed how to play with pure technique. So, good batsman with sound technique can score runs in any pitch in this globe.

    The fact is, India squared a test match series in 2002 in England & won the series in 2007. The only time we missed to register a win is 2011. But England last won a test match in India is 1985. This means we showed lot of technique in England, but, England still did not learn an art to score big in subcontinent pitches. WHEN YOU GUYS STOP BLAMING ON PITCHES AND SHOW GOOD BATTING TECHNIQUE?

  • El_Toro_Loco on November 10, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Here we go again, indian editor of this article has already start making excuses of impending defeat in the upcoming series. "Visiting Englishmen have played 3 warm up matches already" & we played none. Classic.....

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 10, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    I think kohli is not going to score more runs as expected by others...watch out for Pujara..

  • on November 10, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Analysis of Team India, Sachin - This guy would have done 50% better than his current records, if he was mentally strong, the way he gets bogged down & hides for a eye contact with bowler, is reflection of his personality. I feel none of the coaches ever worked on this aspect, It was any day better to see Viv Richards Than S, Gavaskar. M.S.Dhoni - Always under rated his batting talent, after being a captain, He should be up in the order Virat Kohli - A perfect example of determination over talent, He would be the highest run scorer in most of the formats along with H. Amla. V. Sehwag - Only he can make or break his career, Needs a strong coach or captain to get going, all in the minds. C. Pujara - Will be the backbone of Indian batting for next decade, will do the role of Dravid d wall to perfection Yuvraj Singh - Immensely talented but wasted resource, But i see a turn around post cancer, the next 3 years he will be in his best time of his life, only because of determination

  • ssenthil on November 10, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @mikey76, Why England scored well is becoz India doesn't have a proper test bowler except Ishant who was playing there hiding his Injury and our only decent Fast bowler was PK whom Indian slip cordon stands at 30 yard to miss most of the edges due to dump Dhoni sets the slip cordon that far. But for the fact PK with those not attacking field sets and a speed of 120k had those many wickets meant, what you call those pitches? Flat?

  • on November 10, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    8-11. If you get the top 7 fast, the rest will hopefully follow. But keep an eye on Ashwin. Make him get involved in a run-out, preferably himself; getting his partner out is only a second choice.