India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 1st day

Broad dropped, Tendulkar caught

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the opening day in Kolkata

George Dobell in Kolkata

December 5, 2012

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Virender Sehwag survived an appeal from Steven Finn but was eventually run out, India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 1st day, December 5, 2012
Steven Finn was preferred over Stuart Broad on a significant day for both bowlers © BCCI
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Omission of the day
England's decision to prefer Steven Finn over Stuart Broad for this Test might mark a watershed moment in the careers of both men. Not only was it the first time that Finn, at 23 the coming force in England's fast bowling, was preferred to Broad, but it was the first time that Broad had been dropped since 2008 when, under the captaincy of Kevin Pietersen, he was omitted for the Test in Chennai. For England's Twenty20 captain and the vice-captain of this tour it marks an abrupt moment of clarity in a career that had, at one stage, seemed destined for greater things.

Mix-up of the day
Batting had looked relatively comfortable in the morning session. India's openers appeared to have seen off the new ball and were on the brink of a fifty partnership when Virender Sehwag clipped one off his toes. Having run a comfortable two, he embarked on a third run only to find that his partner, Gautam Gambhir, had remained rooted at the other end and was watching the ball. Sehwag, despite being around two thirds of the way down the pitch, was forced to turn in hope of regaining his ground but was well beaten by a strong throw. If India would rue the self-inflicted injury, England could also congratulate themselves on some committed fielding. Samit Patel, not renowned as one of the better athletes in the side, produced a long run and diving save to stop the ball going to the boundary, while Finn, backing him up, produced the hard, accurate throw to Matt Prior to complete the run-out.

Milestone of the day
The shot may have been unobtrusive, merely a flick into the leg side for a single off Monty Panesar, but when Sachin Tendulkar scored his second run he became the first man to reach 34,000 runs in international cricket. Coming into this match with 15,562 runs in Test cricket, 18,426 in ODIs and a token 10 in T20Is, Tendulkar has now scored nearly 7,000 more runs than Ricky Ponting, who is second in the combined table of all international runs. Ponting scored 27,483. Tendulkar also later became just the second man, after Brian Lara, to pass 2,500 Test runs in Tests against two teams, in both cases Australia and England. Whatever his recent trials and tribulations, those statistics underlined Tendulkar's immense achievements over more than 20 years. It is hard to believe anyone will ever overhaul such a record.

Decision of the day
India had lost three wickets for 48 runs by the time that Yuvraj Singh came to the crease. At 136 for 4, England sensed blood and India were in danger of failing to make use of winning another important toss. Before he had scored, Yuvraj was trapped on the front pad by one that swung back into him from James Anderson. Umpire Rod Tucker turned down England's appeal, perhaps believing that the batsman was hit outside the line, though replays suggested that Yuvraj could count himself fortunate to survive. He survived another huge leg before shout when he was on one, this time off Graeme Swann, just a few minutes later. Had either decision gone against India, they would have been five down with fewer than 140 on the board. As it was the fifth-wicket pair of Yuvraj and Tendulkar added 79 runs to lead India to safer ground.

Key moment of the day
For much of Tendulkar's innings, batting had been a real struggle. As he passed 50, however, he began to rediscover his fluency and produced one vintage drive through extra cover off Panesar that suggested he could build his side a strong position in the game. With India threatening to move into the ascendancy at 230 for 5, however, a new spell from Anderson brought the breakthrough. Tendulkar, half forward to one that held its own, could only edge the ball and was very well held by a diving Prior behind the stumps. The game was in the balance once more.

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Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 6, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@ Chris_P - I agree. Swann and Panesar have exposed the Indian weakness against spin. The shock of this is obviously too much for some India follower to take. Anderson and Finn have exposed India weakness against pace. In fact - England have exposed India weakness on all front. Marvelous to behold.

Posted by   on (December 6, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

About time Broad was dropped. he has had priviliges afforded him that few other cricketers have had.

Posted by luks on (December 6, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Another meaningless statistic - 34000 across different forms of the game. People seem to forget that the only statistic that matters is how much the team wins. How does it matter if one batsman scored x number of runs during his career? Would it make any difference to the team if there were two batsmen who scored x/2 runs each with each playing for half the time Tendulkar played? This focus on personal statistics is the worst and most useless legacy of Tendulkar. His best statistics are his crucial ODI innings like those against Pakistan, in world cups, etc, and those in Tests like in Cape Town, Chennai, Perth, etc. Lets not bother with stupid stats like averages and totals.

Posted by fan2011 on (December 6, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

if kohli is out of form, the only way he can get his form back is playing Sri Lanka.. Come on BCCI lets organize a 3 test and 5 ODI series against Sri Lanka so all the Indian batsmen can get into form and Sachin can score a few more centuries and the bowlers can get into form too...

oh i am Sri lankan

Posted by kriketeer on (December 6, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Kohli is out of soughts.... looks like a shadow of what he was last year. he should be sent back to domestic cricket to regain form. .... there are other youngsters knocking the door...

i am not a fan of R. jadeja... but looks like he is in the form of his like and should be given an oppurtunity...

Sachin will paly until he plans to retire... regardless of his form...

Posted by Chris_P on (December 6, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

@JG2704. I wouldn't waste my time responding to bigwonder. I seriously doubt he has even seen a live cricket game let alone understood it. I just don't understand why good efforts can't be acknowledged by opposition supporters?

Posted by Erebus26 on (December 6, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Got to love some of the comments from the Indian fans on this article so far. The sour grapes in their writing is quite apparent. "England bowled poorly" and Swann and Panesar not being "great bowlers" are quite funny comments to read. Firstly, the pitch was benign and wickets came due to good pressure from the Englnd bowling attack and a lack of application from most of the Indian line-up bar Tendulkar (and Gambhir for a spell). Secondly, Panesar and Swann have bowled well as a unit so far and have been far better in that respect than Ojha and Ashwin. I've always rated Ojha and he's been the best Indian bowler but Ashwin needs to buck up or he'll get dropped.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 5, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

@JG2704 hello friend. He is serial offender... this thrashing India got at Mumbai has affected the grape harvest. India follower are past master at ignoring fact. Even inventing some fact sometime. India so desperate they now are referring to Pakistan beating England earlier this year. That is how desperate they are. Swann and Panesar take 19 wicket in a game away from their England home - yet somehow these are not great bowler - ? If India bowler had done this India follower would be doing cartwheel. We were told repeatedly for year now that it only count if it in India - now that it IS in India - it STILL doesn't count. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

Posted by Nampally on (December 5, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

I am amazed at the heading. Neither should come as a surprise. Broad has not bowled well for several matches & is also not 100% fit. Hence dropped! Finn's inclusion is also a risk because of his recovery might not be 100%. As for Sachin, his getting caught is no surprise either. Sachin finally scores may be a better heading. Of all the plays of the day one that did make a huge difference to the score was Sehwag's run out. I think it was the turning point of the innings. Sehwag was playing very well & was just getting into his attacking mode when Gambhir's bad call ended it all. He had already put Anderson & Finn on their back foot. He was about to start the assault on Panesar with that fine wristy shot to the mid wicket boundary. 3 runs were alway there. Sehwag on the strength of his approach was playing an identical innings to that in Ahmadabad Test century. He rarely starts this cautiously. But when he does he goes for a big score. In my opinion that was the play of the Day 1.

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

landl47 - maybe he has a different idea as to what pace and bounce are than we do. Think he could do with a trip to Perth...

Posted by SDHM on (December 5, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

@bigwonder - the series in which Swann & Panesar took a stack of wickets each? Seems an odd one to pick as evidence for your argument...

Posted by Lateralis on (December 5, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

@BigWonder You said to look at Monty's and Swann's performances against Pakistan... well if you look, their stats are actually pretty good. Monty got 14 wickets at 21.6 and Swann got 17 wickets at 25.1. Swann also picked 13 wickets at 22.3 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka this year. So far in this India series, Monty has 13 wickets at 21.8, and Swann has 23 wickets at 23.3. In all of these series, both bowlers have had economy rates comfortably under 3. During these series, Monty has taken 4 fivefers and 10 wickets in a match once. So, perhaps if you had checked their stats, you would have realised that actually the bowling in the UAE wasn't too bad. It was the batting which was horrific and cost England the games. You should also be able to recall that in the second Test against Pakistan, Panesar (6-62) and Swann bowled England to a winning position... only for England to be bundled out for 72.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 5, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

indian batsmen should play these mediocre english bowlers better in morning and second test, expecting england to fold inside 200 again

Posted by JG2704 on (December 5, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

@bigwonder on (December 05 2012, 13:24 PM GMT) Sour grapes make wines - or should I say whines

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

absorbing day : lose moment with the run out . But set up for a good contest , England will have to Bat well because Zaheer will be a handful

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

@ southpaw if Swann & Panesar are medicore how **** are Indian batmen lol give credit where its due mate, they are good enough to win England this series and thats all that matters.

Posted by bigwonder on (December 5, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@TomCalder, only England fans can turn one match performance in to a trend while ignoring facts. Have you checked how many times Panesar has been dropped from England team? Why is he suddenly your hero after one game performance? Even last year Pointing scored lot of runs against inept Indian bowlers. This its Indian batsmen who are lacking confidence. Swann and Panesar are bowling good but they are not great bowlers. Just check England's series with Pakistan few months ago.

Posted by cricsam9 on (December 5, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Whom can India trust or depend upon to make a solid hundred or play until the end of the day other than Pujara? Any guesses 1. Gambir - Not yet in form 2. Sehwag - Uncertain/no form, 3. Sachin - Out of Form for a long time 4. Yuvraj - Can't play spin (not sure why he"s in Test team) 5. Dhoni - Not a Test material 6. Kohli - May be at the end. This is what makes England Favorite for this Test series.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

england bowled poorly,india's nose ahead.350 enough in first innings..

Posted by landl47 on (December 5, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Surely the omission of the day was the pace and bounce Mr. Mukherjee promised this pitch would have?

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (December 5, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

@Southpaw: If Swann and Panesar(the best spin pair in intl cricket) are mediocre, then where would you place the trio of harbhajan,ash and ojha??

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Sachin scoring runs today... Severe Criticism paying dividends ??.... Good tool sometimes to motivate person....

Posted by Johnny_129 on (December 5, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

With another failure for Kohli and Yuvraj while Tendulkar scored...wonder who would go to the chopping block? Cruel as it sounds after all he did for India in the WC and his personal trials and tribulations but I think Yuvraj should be the one to make way for Rehane. That way both Rehane and Kohli will get the necessary experience and knowledge passed down to them by the last of the stalwarts, Tendulkar. Ian Chappell is sometimes correct and he is correct when he says that young talent need to be promoted as soon as they are ready or else it arrests their development as a player- can lead to boredom and looseness in technique. Hick and Badrinath are great examples - Rehane has a tremendous first class record - he is ready now and needs to be promoted or he will be a total waste of talent.

Posted by bigwonder on (December 5, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung, you sound like sky sports English commentators. They too were praising England's performance in 2nd test and were ruing the lost toss but it appears that a flat track for England turns out to be a bouncy and turning pitch for Indian batsmen. This is the time where we miss services of Dravid and Laxman. Not taking anything away from Panesar or Swann, their bowling was not great or difficult to play. Anderson was getting swing and batsman should have seen him off in favor of getting runs from other bowlers. Getting runout in a test match is the worst way to get out.

Posted by 777aditya on (December 5, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Sachin may score heavily for the remaining series, but I still prefer Rahane or Tiwary (who is not even in the squad) failing, but given chances. Please Sachin, retire and allow youngsters to establish themselves in a home series! What humanly possible record in cricket are you after, dammit?! You have achieved it all, still not satisfied?!

Posted by TomCalder on (December 5, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

@Southpaw: Are those the same mediocre spinners that took 19 of your 20 wickets in the last test?

Posted by RECKLESSGOD on (December 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

I think it is high time Indian cricket team and management think beyond their personal acheivements and goals. The way team was playing today looked like on big family and a family of all pamppered individuals with no fous on the game on hand and techniques to counter the opposition. The major downfall for MS Dhoni as initially pointed out by one of the coloumnist is the lack of respect Indian team is giving England.

Another poor show by India as usual

Posted by PiyushD on (December 5, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

4-0 in England was a reality check, 4-0 in Australia confirmed that, still no one except the fans could see the obvious, with Dravid, Laxman gone and not so young Sachin still fighting, we fans of Indian cricket do not see India coming out of hole soon, let the ODIs and T-20s come, it will not be same(may be). India is really missing big scores from one of the openers and one middle order batsmen to anchor the innings, when that happens scores like Ahemdabad come. Yuvraj and Raina are waste in Tests how many more losses to confirm that, why not play Tiwari instead, In bowling India really missing Kumble.

Posted by SouthPaw on (December 5, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Where are you Dravid and Laxman? Only you can show this team how to play the mediocre English spinners....

Posted by big_al_81 on (December 5, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

@ Lmaotsetung - your point may have been immensely clever and was no doubt clear to you but I'm afraid I don't have a clue what your point is. I'm pretty sure I won't be the only one! Are you able to explain at all?

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

I think another key moment in the game was Finn's failure to run out Ashwin after his mix up with Dhoni. In terms of runs scored, the mistake was not punished too harshly as he was out for only 21. However, if the error did not occur hypothetically it seems pretty likely India would be much worse off. With the fairly mediocre tail exposed, i don't think it is wrong to suggest India might have been all out by the end of play.

Posted by Prized-Ass on (December 5, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Decision of the day ... Yuvraj should go buy himself a lottery ticket cause it was a poor decision As not much more a right arm bowler , bowling round the wicket can do You don`t give them like that you don`t give any And there seems to be alot of head movement with both Umpires as the ball is delivered cause to me they are standing up to close to the stumps , especially Dharmasena seems to be standing over the stumps , very hard to watch the no ball especially back foot ... Was a real under-statement when many said & knew the game was going to be lost without the services of Simon Taufell

Posted by   on (December 5, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Long time to see Sachin playing with confidence

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (December 5, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

County trundler taking wickets on unresponsive sub-continent pitch against flat track bullies....OH THE IRONY!

Posted by KapilVijan on (December 5, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Doesn't seem like the same Indian team which used to dominate on its home. Its sad to see Indian batsman unable to cope with Monty (Forget Swan for a moment). During Anil Kumble days, would anyone believe i.e. A foreign spinner pair would take 19 wickets in one match, and handover India a humiliating 10 wickets defeat. Mr. Suresh Raina: Were you saying to give 4-0 defeat pain back to England?

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