India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 3rd day December 7, 2012

England batsmen tighten grip on game

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England 509 for 6 (Cook 190, Trott 87, Compton 57, Pietersen 54) lead India 316 by 193 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The feeling of helplessness that enveloped much of India's horrendous tours of England and Australia descended again on MS Dhoni's side on the third day at Eden Gardens, as two of the most bloody-minded batsmen in world cricket, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, set about grinding down toothless bowling in the morning. After lunch, India managed to dismiss both of them, but that didn't alter England's dominance of the match as Kevin Pietersen and the lower order stacked up some quick runs to stretch the lead towards a comfortable 200.

The moment typifying India's ineptness was Ishant Sharma putting down an absolute dolly off his own bowling when Cook was on 156. A rare Cook mistake sent the ball looping towards Ishant at waist height and at slow pace, but Ishant contrived to fluff that chance, the ball missing his palm and hitting the wrist. Ishant was left scratching his head in disappointment, while MS Dhoni maintained his famously expressionless demeanour.

Neither the old ball nor the new one swung, and though there was some uneven bounce - Cook was once surprised by a lifter from Ishant that struck the bat handle - the batsmen weren't tested much by the quicks as they wiped out the deficit.

India's spinners turned in a much-improved effort after Thursday's disappointing show, bowling accurately with the old ball in the first hour before getting some bounce and turn with the shiny one. In the second session, they got some help from the pitch as well, spinning the ball past the outside edge several times, and asking questions of the well-set Cook and Trott.

Nothing took the shine off Cook's golden tour, though, as he completed 26 hours of batting in the series, the longest day for India's bowlers. As usual there was no extravagance from him; he patiently blocked or left countless deliveries, before cashing in on those that were over pitched or on his pads.

Trott had missed out in the first two Tests, but not this time. He was cautious early in the morning, but soon helped himself to the gifts offered by India's bowlers, especially Zaheer Khan and Ishant. Zaheer gave him several deliveries on the pads to put away, while Ishant bowled plenty short and wide. Before long, Trott was calmly dispatching R Ashwin's variation, the carrom ball, for four, and walking out of the crease before driving.

When England's tailenders were out in the middle practising their batting during the lunch break, one wondered why they bothered, given how bleak India's chances of prising apart the Cook-Trott combination looked. The stand finally came to an end on 173 when Pragyan Ojha managed to get a flat delivery to spin away and take Trott's outside edge to Dhoni.

Trott fell 13 short of a hundred, but Cook seemed set for a double, given his massive powers of concentration, and unquenchable thirst for runs. However, Cook too fell short of the milestone, run-out on 190 after a brain-fade. After Pietersen clipped a ball to square leg, Cook took a few strides before turning back. The ball went to India's best fielder, Virat Kohli, who scored a direct hit after Cook jumped back and lifted his bat to avoid the throw. Cook hadn't grounded his bat, so there was no question of him escaping on account of evasive action, and he was run-out for the first time in his Test career.

Though India had removed both of England's accumulators, they still had to deal with the more aggressive threat provided by Pietersen. The Barmy Army, which had boisterously cheered the dogged-but-effective scoring of Cook and Trott, was treated to some flamboyant shots from Pietersen, who nonchalantly whipped balls from outside off to the leg-side boundary. With less than 10 minutes to tea, he launched Ojha for a straight six, and began the final session with three successive boundaries.

He was toying with the attack, dispatching the ball where he liked and galloped to yet another half-century. However, he missed a sweep soon after was trapped lbw for 54. Even that didn't lead to a slowdown as Samit Patel capitalised on a tiring attack, and crashed a brisk 33. His chance of making it into a sizeable innings ended when he nicked a catch to slip, where Virender Sehwag juggled before holding on.

On what was a depressing day for India fans, one of the most disappointing phases was the hour before stumps. After Samit Patel was dismissed, India needed just one more wicket to get into England's bonafide tailenders. Instead, Matt Prior and Graeme Swann pummelled 56 runs in the final 13 overs, the highlight of which was a majestic pull for six by Prior off Ishant.

India have not lost two home Tests in a row since early 2000, a streak that looks set to come to an end over the next couple of days, unless their faltering batting order finds someone to replicate Cook's marathon efforts of this series.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Narbavi on December 8, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Sinhaya: What a silly comment?? Does that mean srilanka is losing purposely to india? So if bangladesh can beat us then why couldn't srilanka win a test in india?? Statements without logic!!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on December 8, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @James Wall on (December 08 2012, 03:56 AM GMT) You state that; "England have always the reputation to loose games when it matters the most and today will be no differrent". No mate - it is India, not England who have this reputation well earned. India earn it through 8 consequtive test defeat and now 2 in their own home....

  • A_Vacant_Slip on December 8, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Krishna Gopaul on (December 08 2012, 03:51 AM GMT) You smell chicken do you??? I smell goose - cooked goose India style.

  • CricShanghai on December 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    How mnay times had Swann take wicket(s) on his frst over ?... This is one of his greatest strength that subsequently put pressure on other batsmen for the rest of the innings...that's why Ravi S. commented on how he's so effective..!!

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    England taking this match 4 sure not a fan really just prefer England over India any day

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    England have always the reputation to loose games when it matters the most and today will be no differrent

  • fguy on December 8, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    come on england make it 3-1. hopefully you'll end a few undeserving fat cat's careers along the way. from an ex-india fan.

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    ridiculous !!! why are England still batting ???? they just beat India last week by a margin ! and they are trying to eek out more runs ?? seriously ?? call a declaration and get on with the match England !I admit India are not up to par this series but , I smell a chicken ,Alistair Cook .

  • baranasai on December 8, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    unless it rains in cacutta for the next 48 hours the result is known already-heaviset defeat for India.First none of the batsmen took responsibilty against a quality attack which was a sore point- as they are called flat track Bullies-but they were bullied by English bowlers.The bowlers added to the myster of india by not bowling with zest and conceded as many runs and no wickets at right time.The fielders have no discipline or faith in them allowing easy runs .so in all the teas failre is colective 316 is not adequate in I ininnigs as t is 600 runs wicket and India lost the heart straightaway with a shobby performance from the entire team.they need a new brain to think and act time to rest MSD as captain -Kohli not as captain may be viru or Gambhir to do 2 years before they give it to one oif the yungsters.It is time to look for laternative batsmen and Bowlers like Rahane Badri and other spinners than Ashwin and Ohja whom the england team are reading well.

  • talkcric.com on December 8, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    England just have to get another 30-70 runs in the first hour then let the Indian bats carry on giving their wickets away. Mr Dravid might be called out of retirement for the last test, they need the wall!

  • Narbavi on December 8, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Sinhaya: What a silly comment?? Does that mean srilanka is losing purposely to india? So if bangladesh can beat us then why couldn't srilanka win a test in india?? Statements without logic!!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on December 8, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @James Wall on (December 08 2012, 03:56 AM GMT) You state that; "England have always the reputation to loose games when it matters the most and today will be no differrent". No mate - it is India, not England who have this reputation well earned. India earn it through 8 consequtive test defeat and now 2 in their own home....

  • A_Vacant_Slip on December 8, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Krishna Gopaul on (December 08 2012, 03:51 AM GMT) You smell chicken do you??? I smell goose - cooked goose India style.

  • CricShanghai on December 8, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    How mnay times had Swann take wicket(s) on his frst over ?... This is one of his greatest strength that subsequently put pressure on other batsmen for the rest of the innings...that's why Ravi S. commented on how he's so effective..!!

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    England taking this match 4 sure not a fan really just prefer England over India any day

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    England have always the reputation to loose games when it matters the most and today will be no differrent

  • fguy on December 8, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    come on england make it 3-1. hopefully you'll end a few undeserving fat cat's careers along the way. from an ex-india fan.

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    ridiculous !!! why are England still batting ???? they just beat India last week by a margin ! and they are trying to eek out more runs ?? seriously ?? call a declaration and get on with the match England !I admit India are not up to par this series but , I smell a chicken ,Alistair Cook .

  • baranasai on December 8, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    unless it rains in cacutta for the next 48 hours the result is known already-heaviset defeat for India.First none of the batsmen took responsibilty against a quality attack which was a sore point- as they are called flat track Bullies-but they were bullied by English bowlers.The bowlers added to the myster of india by not bowling with zest and conceded as many runs and no wickets at right time.The fielders have no discipline or faith in them allowing easy runs .so in all the teas failre is colective 316 is not adequate in I ininnigs as t is 600 runs wicket and India lost the heart straightaway with a shobby performance from the entire team.they need a new brain to think and act time to rest MSD as captain -Kohli not as captain may be viru or Gambhir to do 2 years before they give it to one oif the yungsters.It is time to look for laternative batsmen and Bowlers like Rahane Badri and other spinners than Ashwin and Ohja whom the england team are reading well.

  • talkcric.com on December 8, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    England just have to get another 30-70 runs in the first hour then let the Indian bats carry on giving their wickets away. Mr Dravid might be called out of retirement for the last test, they need the wall!

  • nyc_missile on December 8, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Why is Dhoni still the captain? Why does he continue his pathetic field placings even after 9 disgraceful thrashings.Why does he spinelessly play the 'waiting for declaration' game? Why does he give awfully ultra-defensive fields to even his bowlers that too to new batsmen? Answers to these questions will automatically defend the bowlers who havent been that bad.Its the over-paid,lazy,gutless prima donas(batsmen) who have let the team down time and time again.

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    I want India to loose the next match and the series 3-1 so that BCCI wakes up and make some major changes especially in the test team. I don't see why India cant have 3 different teams for the 3 formats with different captains. Dhoni's captaincy is very uninspiring and reactive. A classic example is Ashiwn who is trying too many things and not sticking to a consistent line and length. Such things work in T20 or one day as batsmen are trying to hit you but not in Test cricket. So unless the players don't have the mindset and temperament for test cricket no point in playing them no matter how good a player they are in T20 or One-days.

  • on December 8, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    at the start of the series i said if we won the toss we could be competitive.what do we do but loose those.we have have had a cricket board who went out of their way to make sure that the tourists had no practice against any spinner, or wickets similar to the test. they did it in a cynical way which, and a captain who openly has demanded the type of wicket to be prepared. i have not seen or heard in watching cricket for 45 years. i would love us to beat india, them and many of their supporters do not understand the word of the spirit of cricket.

  • captain70 on December 8, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    lol now easybeats at home too. what say about that bcci

  • on December 8, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    I think Laxman (and somehow TENdulkar) have sink career of Dravid. If Laxman or Tendulkar would have taken retirement (both not in form for about 20 months), dravid could have beeeeeeen still playing for INDIA (rather I will say--- leading INDIA). Any one from Laxman, Dravid, Tendulkar was required to be offload from drowning batting boat of INDIA. And once again Dravid sacrificed for Laxman and Tendulkar (Although Dravid performed independently in England)

  • strider23 on December 8, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    I hate to say that I want India to loose badly. For I think that's when, Dhoni and the BCCI will run out of excuses and admit that they are totally pathetic. Going after the glitz of IPL, BCCI has ruined Test cricket in India. Hope sense prevails after this debacle and there would be major overhaul of the team members and infrastructure (pitches etc;).

  • disco_bob on December 8, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    @ Jeppo on (December 07 2012, 11:44 AM GMT) "I am so impressed with Cook - he is truly a fighter and an asset to any team."

    He is certainly an asset to England however I'd say he was a hindrance to India or any other team for that matter.

  • kayarr on December 8, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @NeutralVerdict - what krazymetalbadger says may be closer to the truth. Notwithstanding the expressions of despair and / or anger by me and my fellow countrymen on this site and other online forums, I'm not sure if a vast majority of Indians are losing much sleep over this. Come IPL and all will be forgotten. I liken the IPL to Bollywood movies and no prizes for guessing what the masses crave for. This is the onset of a vicious cycle and not many young Indians will go on to develop the skill and temperament required for playing tests. I'm imagining a slow demise or at least a fading out of tests in India. Hope to be proven wrong but the signs are not positive in the least.

  • monivin on December 8, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Guys, all hold on. See cricket as it is played. See what happened to Aussies in the recently conculded series. They were beaten on their own turf. In every match SA played far better than aussies. I agree that Indians didn't play well, especially the indian bowlers except Ojha. If not for Ojha we would have Ahmedabad test as well. So, it is good that we are losing so that we may see some changes in the team. Yuvraj, Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant sharma needs to be removed. Replaced by Manoj Tiwari, Murali Vijay,Badrinath and Varun Aaron.

  • on December 8, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    Yet another absorbing day in what's been a fabulous series in every way. Shame to see Cook throw his wicket away in such an uncharacteristically crass fashion, but welcome runs for Trott, Patel & Swann as well as stylish cameos by KP & Prior ensured it won't matter in the end.

    No disrespect to Dhoni for his *previous* ODI & T20 achievements, but why oh why is he a Test captain? I've watched every single series India have played in since late 2010 &, unless I've missed something, Dhoni's Plan A in the field appears to be based on the assumption that, as in ODI & T20 cricket, batsmen will eventually give their wickets away if the fielding side can strangle their scoring opportunities. I have yet, however, to find any evidence of a Plan B. India have now bowled 163 overs in this innings. In Sehwag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj & Kohli they have four part-time bowlers who've taken a total of 771 FC, ODI & T20 wickets between them. How many overs have those four bowled so far in this innings? THREE.

  • fennocious on December 8, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    why cant india produce any good fast bowlers anymore? zaheer khan is a has been at best and ishant sharma is a nothing bowler

  • WishIndiaImprove on December 8, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Very simple. Money is higher priority than game now. We have very good bowlers and young batsmen in India, but they do not have any support from BCCI. Don't worry our India fans. We will forget this defeat as soon as Pak comes in December. We will forget our defeat with Pak team in 3 months when IPL season starts. Whoever cries for best for India, please focus just on game and support the best team..

  • samincolumbia on December 7, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Ashwin is fit only for T20/ODI/IPL. Kohli seem to be going Yuvraj's way...excellent in ODI/T20, but poor in Tests. What is Yuvraj doing in tests? Replace him with Tiwary immediately. Gambhir, Sehwag should be made to sit out a few games since they have taken their places for granted. Zaheer should be booted along with Ishant.

  • char160 on December 7, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Pains to see Indian Cricket in shambles. Clearly our team as it stands will only be able to win against weaker teams that too barely. The new selection committee needs to fearlessly wield the axe on some of the players who are clearly not test cricketers. Time to replace Dhoni, Sehwag, Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and ask Sachin to move on.

  • harsidhu on December 7, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    This is not indian team this is DHONI team ........... he brings favourism in team .......How people starts comparing ashwin and ojha with Bhajji and kumble duo ....... They r sure match winners atleast in india ......... but favourism ...bring back bhajji ..... wht abt overspoken KOhli ..... wht abt sehwag who scores when his place in danger .......... gambir is struggling to make run , becoz he needs to save his place ..........

  • cricket0007 on December 7, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    hahaha what happened to the MIGHTY indians? they have been smashed on th pitches of their choice... they didnt let england get proper match practice but the so called best batsmen of spin failed miserably.. Indian fans its time to wake up !!

  • heathrf1974 on December 7, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Great play by England. The bounce is probably getting lower as the test progresses. It may be a good idea for England to declare (if they can) halfway through day 4. They want to have enough time to bowl India out.

  • on December 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    ENTERtainment AT ITS worst

  • darsh127 on December 7, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    After being dropped from the team, harbhajan has lost all his confidence he once had and that is what made him dangerous. Today we can tell by his face expression how desperate he is. India need a lot of changes in the team, period. Stop repeating this over and over again, nobody is reading these comments that can make a difference.

  • Munkeymomo on December 7, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    I really hope the Indian batsmen knuckle down and show their mettle, and that the England bowlers throw everything they have against them. The Indian fans deserve to see their players fighting hard to save this game, they have talent, but do they have the concentration required for an innings like that? SRT definitely does and I see it in Kohli and Gambhir too (and of course Pujara), the rest... maybe not.

  • BG4cricket on December 7, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    What a sorry team India is losing 4-0 to both England and Australia and then serving up this type of insipid performance at home. No amount of nostalgia about their greats of yesteryear will avoid the obvious truth which is they are no better than a no 6 team (Sri Lanka and Pakistan would beat them easily too). Apart from Ojha none of the bowlers are really good enough and Pujara and Kohli are really the only batsmen worth persisting with. Khan should be dropped immediately and the selectors need a tough conversation with Viru and Sachin as they time is nigh for them to retire with dignity. Serious rebuilding needed as this test and the last must be terribly embarrassing for the BCCI, big mouth Dhoni, and the BCCI

  • Kolpak1989 on December 7, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Wow, atrocious display from India. You know you're struggling when you can't dismiss the most team most inept at playing spin for less than 550 in the subcontinent. Well done England, typical display of class from Cook. Can't wait for the Ashes.

  • on December 7, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @Vinay Kolhatkar Aaron is quite badly injured by all accounts. That is the reason Dinda was brought in as cover. Other than that I agree with you. This England unit has always relied on its bowlers easily as much as its batsmen (and not a south African in sight in the bowling dept.! :P ). I also agree India's bowling is woeful, but this is not by any means a new thing. A defeat to England IN INDIA might be a long term blessing in disguise to the nation of a billion cricket lovers that can't produce more than one half decent pace bowler per generation; seemingly none at the moment as ZAK is clearly passed it. :(

  • on December 7, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @Vinay Kolhatkar Aaron is quite badly injured by all accounts. That is the reason Dinda was brought in as cover. Other than that I agree with you. This England unit has always relied on its bowlers easily as much as its batsmen (and not a south African in sight in the bowling dept.! :P ). I also agree India's bowling is woeful, but this is not by any means a new thing. A defeat to England IN INDIA might be a long term blessing in disguise to the nation of a billion cricket lovers that can't produce more than one half decent pace bowler per generation; seemingly none at the moment as ZAK is clearly passed it. :(

  • Vikum72 on December 7, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Seriously, what did the Indian fans expect after the recent test match performances by their team?

  • TKmachine on December 7, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    And stop blaming about Ashwin, he is one of the best available off spinner we have right now. Harbajan is dead meat. Forget about him. If Ohja is such great bowler why he couldn't take enough wickets with WI, NZ. Ashwin he is going through bad phase. Then how about Virat Kholi? we hyped him that he is gonna be next Sachin? what happened to him. He is such a great failure in thi series so far, so you think we can get rid of him? Nope..we have to give him more chance the only reason is, he is young and we need young player. Anyways, Indian test team badly misses Dravid and Laxman and right now India team is going through some transformation. Accept it

  • TKmachine on December 7, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    If you guys understand cricket and pitch, you would know better what happened to this test match so far. Kolkata pitch is pure flat pitch. Its called batting paradise. India is in such a bad position not because of Indian bowler but only because of stupid Indian batsmen. Very irresponsible batsmen, like Sewag, Gautam, Kohli, Yuvraj and Dhoni too for that matter. Its freaking flat pitch, what do you expect from our bowler, thats all they could do it. Bowling has been our problem for ages. India's 90% of test match win has come from batting performance and supported by bowling. Only very few times India own purely by bowling. Look at England batsmen, they played real test game. Calm, good technics and patience. India is slowly forgetting about test cricket as we are more interested in T20 and IPL because of more money, fame and glamor.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on December 7, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    I fancy England will bat till just before lunch, if Prior stops in that could be another 80-100 then put em in for a couple of overs. Finn and Anderson to cause havoc with uneven bounce; the worm turned in the second innings of first test once England had a look at the sort of track that had unsportingly been denied them in the warm ups they fancied it.

  • on December 7, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    england to bat flat out in first session get lead of 300 that will be enough surely im not saying they will bowl india out for 300 or less but india score 450 england will chase that 150 to win it in 1 session surely england win this come onnnnnnnnnnnn

  • kumarsSansai on December 7, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Lots of Criticism from all around for Indian team. But friends think now we haven't Dravid, Laxman not playing, Sachin failure.

    Our middle order is totally collapse. Sehwag and Gambhir not playing well. Ashwin not much experianced. ojha trying to do his best.

    just need to build a good Test team.

  • disco_bob on December 7, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    India are going to need someone to do a reasonable impression of Faf if they are not to go into the final match 2-1 down

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 7, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    India is in deep trouble. Sehwag and Gambhir have to score centuries if they want to save India from certain defeat. I expect Pujara and Kohli to contribute as well. Kohli is due for a big score. Tendulkar has a low average in second innings - so don't expect much from him.

  • sinhasurajit on December 7, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Indian cricketers are behaving like a bunch of jokers. Very arrogant, extremely inefficient, no pride for playing for the country, zero ehthusiasm. I donot think this team can do anything. If they cannot play at home what can you expect from them overseas. BCCI is full of political leader, corrupt, no standing for past players. They are shame in the name of nation. It is the media and we make this people king, they are not for representing nation.

  • KarachiKid on December 7, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Indian test cricket has a cancer called "limited overs cricket". Indians and for that matter most of the Sub-Continent fans are obsessed with T20's, ODI's and batsmen are their gods. Obviously if you want to excel in T20, you will lose some of the technical correctness required in test match cricket. Its a tradeoff. As simple as that.

  • Patchmaster on December 7, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Surely the Bell has tolled for Ian Bell - how longer can he be in the ENG side and clearly show he simply can't play spinners. Time for new blood please, I'd rather see Bairstow in Bells spot.

  • CricFanster on December 7, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    It will be great achievement for INDIAN Batsmen if they are able to Draw this Test Let alone winning lol ! Draw seems to be the only option for Team India after this Pathetic & Dismal Bowling Display on Home Soil :( !

  • on December 7, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    "Pace and Bounce", yeah sure! Ha ha , itll be a right pea roller by end of play tomorrow! Monty, help youself!

  • on December 7, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @davidpk...I also think too that the Indian Cricket Board were very unhelpful regarding the so called 'preparation' matches. However, I think this is all part of the 'home advantage' and makes winning abroad such a great (and relatively rare) occurrence. This is especially true when we play the Asian teams home and away. Conditions are so different so the 'away team' is really up against it. If England win this series, the achievement will be 'at least' on a par with the 3-1 Ashes win in Australia. Truly remarkable turn around, but still 'work to be done'.

  • Biggest_Cricket_Fan on December 7, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    It was utter shameful moment for Indian cricket. No matter what law says, Dhoni should have called Cook back. It was act of nothing but desparation to get Cook out.

  • Temuzin on December 7, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    India is a no good team, its dad's army and youngsters are demoralized.

  • on December 7, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    SLC should arrange a test series to india as soon as they can. May be with this tean we might have a chance :D

  • on December 7, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    WHEN YOUR BOWLERS CANT GET WICKET, and batsmen ( the greatest ones) cant make runs, and fielder cant catch lollypops, team will suffer. No captain can do anything. Selectors should drop all over 30 years and bring a brand new team. Include Chand as an opener and Jadeja at number 4, Pujara at number 3 and kohli at number 5. Yadav, Aoran, Pankaj Singh and Rituraj singh as bowlers. Include Harmeek as spinner with other fringe player.

  • solefight on December 7, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    For some reasons, I feel this game might take a dramatic turn ... England will give around 250 lead. India will bat for 120 odd overs pile up 450+... and give England a stiff chance to win 200+ in 35 odd overs.. AND IF here they can get Cook & KP out quickly.. who knows :) . Lot of Blue caps are due for a big innings ... well, this might be that match !!

  • Ramansilva on December 7, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Look at the bowling figures of Ashwin so far. Is this the bowler who was put in the same rank of Ajmal.

  • likeintcricket on December 7, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Retire Tendulkar ( whatever be his performance in this match) and Zahir Khan and give a rest to Sehwag. Introduce fresh blood and be patience for atleast few years. Don't recall any old players.

  • bobmartin on December 7, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    I quote from an article by Sidharth Monga: " One of these days, India will admit they have become an ordinary side. That currently they are arguably the worst bowling unit in the world, bar Bangladesh. That they are the worst fielding side in the world without any argument, which they kept on proving on the third day as Ishant Sharma dropped his third simple return catch in the fourth match he is playing this year. That the whitewashes in England and Australia didn't happen on doctored green tops. That a proud home record alone doesn't ensure future Test wins. That the ideal response to overseas batting failures is to work on techniques, and not to seek comfort in statistics at home. That no side won an away series with that kind of attitude. When India admit that, they will start improving as a Test side. Until then, they can hope for a miracle to the tune of Kolkata 2000-01." I think that sums up the current situation of the Indian test team beautifully and accurately.

  • green_brigade on December 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Look Sachin is a great player but even the greatest should sometimes realise when its best to step down....he had a fulfilling career of 23 years....its about time he made way for those hundreds of HUGELY talanted batsmen that are knocking on the door and I am sure India is blessed with huge talent when it comes to batsmen

  • SnowSnake on December 7, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    For the sake of parity in evaluating players, I think Cook played for his own records than for his team. Why rpo is so low around 3? I think 3rd day run scoring should have been faster and England should have been over 550 runs. I am sure had it been Australia that would have been the case. Cook and Kallis play for individual records just like Tendulkar! If England does not declare before Lunch then they may be taking chances with a draw. England should have scored at a high rate on 3rd day and should have given India 2 days to bat. That would have been a little safe. England still would win this one, but why take a chance; especially when Indian bowling is so weak.

  • cricket-is-passion on December 7, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    This is third series in a row, I think Selectors need to look at other bowling options. So far none worked in last 3 series so BCCI has to do it little differently to test it out. Instead of sacking player, give them a match rest and fill in few youngsters like Tiwary, Jadeja, and Irfan and sure rest Dhoni and have Gauti or someone lead the team. Hopefully that will bring us back in business. As I said (ofcourse Crickinfo didn't like that I guess so they didn't post it. Hoping atleast this will get posted) replace Yuvi with Irfan or Jadeja to have 5th bowler in the team as allrounder to add some veriety. Irfan bats well, and Jadeja is another played who scored 3 triples in domestic circuit and couple of them came recently in last 30-40 days. Scoring triple in any level is a big thing so considering Jadeja cannot be ruled out. BTW I am not fan of Jadeja, always like DADA and SRT, Bajji, Anil Bhai and any Team India player performs well.

  • on December 7, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    After the win in Mumbai, all of a sudden England are relishing playing in the sub-continent (at least against this bowling attack). This was MSD's big mistake; he had England exactly where he wanted them mentally, and blew it with a pathetic performance at the Wankhede, that gave away literally all the advantage India had previously. Test cricket is a game played in the mind, as well as on the pitch. England arrived like lambs, but look set to leave like Asiatic lions! All thanks to India's listless Mumbai performance. I agree that an Indian defeat at home may be the one thing that acts as a catalyst for improvement. Surely out a billion cricket lovers they can find some quality fast bowlers to supplement the often good work of their youngish spinners.

  • Tlotoxl on December 7, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    @NeutralVerdict: yes it is difficult to remove well set batsmen but if England can bat for one more session the the game will be unwinnable, batting out 5 sessions on rapid deteriorating pitch with no hope of winning is going to be very difficult, even now the game almost impossible for India to win, having to score 400 in 4 sessions and then bowl out England in 2 sessions is going to to be difficult in the extreme.

  • Sinhaya on December 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    India will never do well against England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. Why? Because players of these countries dont have to fear IPL unlike players of SL, WI and NZ who will immediately lose their IPL contracts should they beat India. Simple as that. In reality India is the most overrated medicore of all test playing nations. Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should have no trouble beating India in tests. Not just that, there is a cache in all Indian test match wins. What is it? They need umpires help meaning India played with 13 against 11. BCCI simply pressures umpires to make decisions in India's favor. If not, India would never win any test match ever since 1933 till today! Simple as that!

  • Nutcutlet on December 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Indian Test cricket is at a cross-roads. There is a choice of admission: either, England is an amazing side that has learnt very quickly after being dismissed cheaply at Ahmedabad in the 1st inns, or India is a poor side, unable to win even when conditions & the all-important toss are given. The traditional answer to such options is a bit of both. But which of the two is likely to be closer to a consensus of informed opinion? IMHO, I see the England as a side that's begun to turn the corner after a poor year, playing with increasing confidence under an inspirational & canny new captain, but as fast as England is improving, India is going backwards. India doesn't look like much of a team; with few exceptions, there is little pride in perfomance. Two players, Ojha & Pujara are having good series. There have been isolated contributions from VS & SRT. Captaincy is uninspiring, but worst of all, there's been no real admission that things are wrong. The truth hurts when it's acknowledged.

  • JG2704 on December 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Disappointed with Bell once more and I really can not see the justification for keeping him in the side. This year he had a decent series vs WI at home but mediocre/poor series vs Pak,SL and SA. To me he looks absolutely shot of confidence and as I said during the UAE series , you're not helping the team or the guy himself if you continue picking him. Broad was poor and deserved to be dropped but what is different re Bell who both added little runwise and stagnated the runrate during his time at the crease. So he neither holds the innings together or helps push the rate forward. I'm not a fan of the idea of picking him for 1 test , having him miss the next and have him come back fot the 3rd test , but if he had a decent inns in the 1st test I could understand it but the facts are he didn't.

  • RameshRayaprolu on December 7, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    :) :) !!! LOL !! Cant stop laughing at MSD!! I have predicted this situation on day 1. Even if Cook decides to Declare at this point of the game, IND will lose by an innings...

    MISS you guys, the "GREAT WALL" and the "Very Very Special" :( :( !!

    Rest in Peace...the soul of Indian test cricket :( :( !! I don't see it coming alive in the next 5 years...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 7, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Lol! Why are my countrymen surprised at this performance? Count ourselves lucky that we are not losing 4-0, thanks to the error of judgment on the part of Cook and the English thinktank in not including Monty for the first test.

  • JG2704 on December 7, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Decent day for England. Well played Cook and Trott and KP. Re Cook's dismissal - it was a case of him losing concentration and TBH he had a couple of lives. I see there's debate about Trott/Cook going too slowly. Maybe we could have put KP in front of Trott but 2.98 (I think they quoted today) isn't overly bad and similar to India's 1st inns RR and on a pitch they say is showing signs of deterioration. We have Prior (who was hitting the ball beautifully) and Swann at the crease now. Hopefully they'll stay in for a while as the runs will likely flow if they stay there. If either go early I hope the other will play the usual selfless innings and if both go early I'd like to see Cook declare.

  • JG2704 on December 7, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @richardror on (December 07 2012, 07:41 AM GMT) To be fair Cook had a couple of fairly easy chances dropped and It was more a case of him losing concentration than bad luck.

  • on December 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    As an Indian follower my concern is much more about the way the defeats have been handed to India. And to make it worse the reaction from the players and the board is appalling. This is basically the same team which got whitewashed in England and Australia. The only changes have been forced upon by the retirement of Dravid and Laxman. We have a track record of nine losses and one victory now and looks to be a ten one unless someone really steps up. I do not think that fair chance for out of form players should extend this long.

  • SDHM on December 7, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Perhaps not quite the day that England wanted, but a pretty bloomin' good one nonetheless. After losing the toss, I'm pretty sure if you offered Alastair Cook & England a 190-odd run lead at the end of day 3, they'd have snapped your arm off. Also nice to see England pass 500 for the first time in what feels like an age. With Trott getting runs & Patel starting to play with freedom too, a couple of questions have been answered, though Ian Bell's form can't be ignored for much longer - this is usually the sort of situation he rides in & capitalises on the top order's hard work, but you just knew he wasn't going to contribute today. Taylor, Bairstow et al are beginning to mean his position is no longer safe.

  • on December 7, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Indian test team is a Joke... led by a captain who is not fit for Test Matches

  • Shan156 on December 7, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Do Indian fans think Harbhajan would have made a difference? Before this test, I posted a message that Harbhajan has a great record in the Eden Gardens and would be a handful and was even thinking he would be picked in the XI. Perhaps he was unwell (flu)? Either way, I still think that Bhajan is a class player. How India can afford to drop someone who has 400+ test wickets in a match in his favorite ground is something that I can't understand. In any case, it has benefitted England who are in a strong position in this game. I am glad that this young England side have done well in India. I put this performance above our performance in the 2005-2006 series when we drew the series 1-1 mainly because of the less experience we have now and the fact that we were coming off a terrible run - humiliated by Pakistan, failing to win in SL and losing a home series badly to a deserving SA side. Well done Cook. It was a moment of madness that caused him to lose his wkt. But, he will recover.

  • on December 7, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Indian selectors are looking for a scapegoat. I wonder who that might be? Dhoni, Kohli, Y Singh or Sharma. Kohli and Sharma might be possible.

  • on December 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    i think cook look on backfoot against zaheer and ishant early when the catch was dropped by pujara of cook which proof costly.India should continue playing their own game and shouldn't be careing about england batting.In this match i think there will be no result as england would be playing till tomorrow lunch or maybe tea or till get all out and i think now indians will now react good in batting and will save this match. If india wants to win series they have to get cook on backfoot by putting pressure and that would be possible if dhoni continue to pile on pressure by giving ball to ishant and zaheer. If cook get out early then the confidence of england would be very low and that's the time when india can win the match.So, CHAK DE PHAATE,NAAP DE GILLI and COMMON INDIA

  • ggaammeerr on December 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    It would be wise for Dhoni to request for playing 22 players against playing eleven, than to request for tailored 22 yards. This could mean atleast the team can lose the match with dignity. This could also serve everyone's interest as picking the best players, carrying extra baggages, managing the big elephants etc.

  • marlboro19 on December 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    I wouldn't count my chickens before they hatch.There is lot more in this test that meets the eye.It's a blessing in disguise that Ind don't need to bat on the morning session ,and after they wipe up the Eng tail for not too many they are quite capable to set up a target of about two hundred. Two hundred on the fifth day at Edens Garden is quite too many.

  • green_brigade on December 7, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Indian bowling is so weak,I actually feel sorry for Indian fans......

  • Alexk400 on December 7, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    As i said long time ago , to beat India all england need is occupy crease..and some guile. England is following my tips to heart. Basically England players are better athletes. If England match india in guile , it can win any test against india anywhere baring sehwag heroics. India is in Denial. N Srinivasan in denial. Indian team lacks the will to win.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    England looking good to take a series lead here. The pitch is still very flat with a bit of uneven bounce. I expect the Indian batsmen to bat well in the second innings but it won't be enough to save this match because they might still leave England with a gettable target. Anything between 100-150 will be chased down by England. So realistically, Indian batsman have to forget their attacking instincts and block everything. At the same time, they need to also score runs by taking singles and doubles. Most importantly, RECKLESS Sehwag needs to be thoughtful at the top. Him and Gambir have been the MAIN problems for India at the top. They need to at least score a 150 run partnership if India are to draw here.

  • Alexk400 on December 7, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    if sehwag scores its lot easier for pujara and kohli or everyone to score easy runs. if sehwag gets out early procession starts. That said i think Gambhir has to be rested. He lost his mojo in batting. Time to develop new young players. India is basically 6th ranked team.

  • Hanuman1206 on December 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    After this test series Indian team need a massive overhauling and future team should be like this GG (Capt), Viru, Pujara, Kohli, Manoj Tiwari, Sachin, Dinesh Karthik (as WK), Dinda, Unmukt Chand, M Vijay, Rahane, Zaheer, Ojha, Bhajji, Rahul Sharma, yadav, Varun Aaron...Along with new Coach as Dada or Jammy... Strictly Yuvraj, Dhoni and Ashwin shouldn't be there in the test squad.

  • on December 7, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    What is happening in this Test, I fondly hope, is for the good of Indian Test cricket. Guys like Ashwin, Ojha, Kohli and Pujara are getting a first hand exposure to how Tests are played - on a large canvas. It is not a 4/10/50 overs affair. Sprinters don't win marathons. If these men last next 5 years, this series would have seared lasting lessons in their mind and strengthened their resolve for Test battle. England which wobbled against SA at home is showing that you can learn and apply lessons learnt and get on top of things. If this work ethic is burnt into the memories of the young men in the middle and in the dressing room, it will do a world of good than a 4-0 blanking of England in designer pitches reinforcing the illusions of invincibility at home harbored by the Indian team, board and ill informed fans. This series is holding a mirror in front. If we dont like what we see, it is time to think deep and make some fundamental changes beginning with mindsets. Unlearn and relearn.

  • on December 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    @ streetblader mate swell headed dhoni estimate this strong english batsmens as a toddlers

  • Hanuman1206 on December 7, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I think India has underrated English Team very much and R ASHWIN is the highly overrated indian bowler across the globe just because he has taken some wickets in IPL matches. R Ashwin doesn't deserve to be there in the team but he is Dhoni's favorite so very much hyped. Where is all those secret balls that indian media and players were talking about? India will lose the series by 3-1.

  • on December 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Hope ENGLAND go more . Thay will win by innings . Best of luck England . India seems very ordinary against big teams like England , SA & AUS .

  • on December 7, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    dhoni should be stripped off his captaincy ... and this series is 3-1 england win !!

  • SevereCritic on December 7, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    It's the pitch. Also, playing the same failing 11 again and again and blaming everything on SRT's age isn't going to cut it. SRT is old. he is no longer going to dig India out of holes like he has for the last 22 years. New guys need to step in. Unfort, Yuvi and Kohli are POS test batsmen who are only good for modelling and tattoos.

  • GuruVeera on December 7, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Alister Cook run out is not satisfatory , India should not appeal for that, he was already touched the line and living the ball to the fielders.

  • on December 7, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    our players have been fed in a lot. Thier passion s lost. Whats the point in wearing coolers behind the wickets without ideas. Ths guy once opon a time had the team strong enough. but then still he was on a fluck . Now the same team except dravid and laxhm an s nt able to perform . leave alone Sachin he needs to b there r else things would ve gone more bad. For me becoz of dhoni so many talented wicktkeepers hav lost their potients in international arena. haw can bcci decide such a person on a few shots. Its a shame for the country.

  • on December 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Come on England !! We need to win this game

  • Peterincanada on December 7, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    England picked themselves up off the floor after being trounced in the first test. India now need to show that they have the same willingness to fight. That is the problem with IPL. Players get a lot of money for very little effort. Tests require a lot more work. That's why they are called tests.

  • Harmony111 on December 7, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Well, the bowling has been poor and toothless. I have not seen the matches live too much but it looks like they don't even look like taking a wicket for most part save a rare loose shot here or there. That worries me the most - that the bowlers are simply there to bowl. I don't know when will Ishant grow up if he still hasn't in 5 yrs of Intl cricket. As for Ojha and Ashwin, it is clear that they are not meant for being the main bowlers. They can be excellent as the 2nd or 3rd spinner but what India needs is a main spin bowler, like Kimble used to be. Raju and Chauhan and other spinners wer egood on their own but they were able to use the pressure of Kumble to take a wicket here or there or to slow down the batting and that as a whole would make up a solid fist of an attack. Here, we have Ojha, Ashiwn and Ishant who are not quite sure of what they have to do and are simply bowling bowling and bowling. Bradman's back, his name is Cook now. Ind won't win this and a miracle will draw it.

  • iamkunmun on December 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Bunch of jokers retired as selectors and the new bunch of jokers joined as new selectors. Here its proven:-

    1. Dinda on bench and Ishant is playing. If m not wrong the same bcci awarded as the domestic bowler of the year couple of weeks back. Ishant who has not played any match in current season getting chance ahead of Dinda that to in Kolkata where Dinda has played most of his career.

    2. What Virat & Yuvraj is doing in playing 11 ? Manoj Tiwary, Badrinath and Jadeja are scoring in domestic y r nt they getting chance? Jadeja can bowl left arm spin one advantage if he replaces Kohli. Badrinath can replace Yuvraj at any time and i am sure he will score better thn Yuvraj.

    3. Captaincy is very poor. Look @ the bowling change & field placement. It seems Dhoni wants england to defeat us 3-1.

    Selectors please open ur eyes and hav a look on current season there talents are knocking the door to get a chance. Cricinfo plz plz plz publish.....

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Much of what has dogged England in 2012 has started to disappear again and the steel is back. Today it was Trott's return to better ways. A lead of 1903 seems brilliant yet there is a sens of having missed the boat as both Cook and Troo missed their 200 and 200 respectively,. The disappointment really though was Bell with only probably two more chances at subcontinental batting. He is supposed to play spin but here he has failed lamentably. Another 70 runs say and Engalnd should be in the pound seats barring monumental fightbacks. Hard work is still necessary but that's part of the joy of it all.

  • talkcric.com on December 7, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Ever had a nihtmare where you are trying to run away from a monster but your feet are stuck to the ground, this will be India trying to bat with a 250 defecit. They will be frustrated by maiden after maiden and will start throwing away their wickets again. By 4th day end they will be still behind and six wickets down. The bell is tolling.

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  • Misbah1408 on December 7, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    enuf of zaheer and sachin. we need young legs.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 7, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    England 566 all out. India 475. England all out 189. India to win by 36 runs.

  • altafcricketaddict on December 7, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    India can still win this match! Yes, that can happen. Anytime, dude! England are almost 200 runs ahead till day 3, and there's high probability, their lower order may crumble tomorrow morning, giving India a chance to restrict them on 250 or under 250 runs lead, and they start making runs at a brisk rate and reaching 300 at the end of the day. Another 150 runs on the board, with England chasing 200 runs on day 5 Eden's rank turner, England can feel the spinning heat. Ashwin, Ojha, Yuvraj can do the damage. Remember 2001 eden against Australia or many other matches like this in India?

  • itsthewayuplay on December 7, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    We really need england to thrash the pants off india in this and the last test. it's the only way to get through to the bcci that it's not a case of Indians are poor travellers, slow starters, players are injured, batsmen are out of form. The time for real structural change was after the Australian tour. The results are secondary and the performances primary and this series should have been an opportunity for the next generation to get much needed experience. Instead it was billed as the revenge series and we're left with gutless performances from overpaid 'stars'- how the mighty fall.

  • arvsingh on December 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Who buys the dummy that Indian spinners turned in a much-improved effort? It was another day of failure by Indian spinners. The two regular spinners bowled 102 overs and took a dismal four wickets for 323 runs. Why was Yuvraj not introduced earlier and given more to bowl? India needs its ace spinner Harbhajan back in the team. Enough of mediocre bowling by Ashwin and Ojha, we need his aggression and some quality spin bowling from Bhajji.

  • Nampally on December 7, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Indian Selectors had a choice to make a wholesale change to this team for Kolkatta.But Insanity has no bounds & the Selectors defied common sense. Now an ill equiped Team India both in bowling & batting challengong England.Simple question - If Panesar was so unplayable (in Dhoni's words), how can the same batting play him this time? After Yuvraj failed in batting in both the innings & did not bowl what role did he play except being a sentimental favourite! Tendulkar & Dhoni did well after 4 failures but Kohli still failed. So far Pujara had batted well but his failure in the last 2 innings has left India without a sheet anchor.While each England batsman rose to the occasion, Indian batsmen did not. It will require Herculean effort from each batsman in 2nd innings to save this test. In the absence of the Saviour VVS Laxman, India also needs one such hero with a double century to be the sheet anchor @one end! Will it be Kohli or Pujara or Sehwag/SRT/Gambhir! Stand up & be counted Now.

  • Romenevans on December 7, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Indian cricket has become the joke of the year.

  • Htc-Android on December 7, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    i cant see england winning this test match. they batted too slowly on today. They havent even got 200 lead yet. looks like the indians will bat for the next two days and save this test match. usually indians are good at blocking every delivery and bat longer. they did this many occasions.

  • on December 7, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Talk about a team down and out...India are absolutely grovelling....and it's good to see, without gloating. They're reaping what their board has sown for the last 2 or 3 years and will struggle for years if they don't see the obvious and act on it. They've got passenger, village-standard fielders, a mediocre keeper and captain, a few players past their sell-by date and one or two like Kohli and Yuvraj vastly overrated. If England had ahd any preparation at all like it was 30 years ago on tours they'd have wiped the floor with India in the 1st test as well. And any Indian fans, if you say 'just wait until the ODI's and T20s', don't bother -you can count the people in England interested in ODI dross on one hand

  • kingshuk on December 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    for the past 3 years or so Dhoni has created new records in captaincy, which is to lose as many games on the row. Everyone is focussing on dravid laxman retiring and calling for sachin's head but enough of MS Dhoni. We need a new captain. He wants spin tracks and this is how he performs.

  • CricFanKrish on December 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I believe this is our transition period. I don't want to criticize at this time, but it is time for Kohli and Yuvraj to put their hand up. Gambhir is slowly finding some form, and so is Sachin. Viru needs to be more consistent and so does Pujara. The main concern is our bowling. Zaheer is on the decline and Ishant is short of confidence. Though the spinners bowled ok, Ashwin doesn't look like he can win a match on his own. Hope Yadav gets fit soon. He looked much better than Ishant. Being unable to bowl out a side in good turning home conditions looks bad on paper, but I believe Ashwin needs some time to mature. Perhaps this series will be lost, but Kohli, Pujara, Ashwin, Ojha I see the crux of the future forming. India will be a much better side in 1-2 years from now. Lets not forget they did really well till March 2011.

  • on December 7, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Just used 5 bowlers thats pathetic. When variations from regular bowlers is not working, we got to bring in different bowlers and that might give some outside chance of wickets and wrap up the innings. Using 8 bowlers in 1 days and using just 5 bowlers in 2 days of a test match is worse for the standards. we got to bring in more and find a way for wickets

  • mdarifurrahmandany on December 7, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I think India not only a bowling problem but also bating is main problem . I am 100% sure india cannot a save this test match...., India 2nd Innings G Gambhir 35 b ST Finn V Sehwag 13 bJM Anderson CA Pujara 57 lbw MS Panesar SR Tendulkar 24 c trott b Anderson V Kohli 13 b GP Swann Yuvraj Singh 23 b GP Swann MS Dhoni 50 b ST Finn R Ashwin 33 b ST Finn Z Khan 08 b MS Panesar I Sharma 11 b MS Panesar PP Ojha n o 12 extras 21 total 300 runs england win by 10 wickets... 100% sure 100% pure..because india not a africa or england..

  • on December 7, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Time to try out newer players, Tendulkar,Zaheer,Kohli ,Yuvraj and Ashwin should go. I do not hope dramatic turn around, but then it is worth trying with newer players, those who are waiting in the wings. Rohith Sharma , Manoj Tiwari and Ajinkya Rahane as batsmen, Yadav and Amith Mishra as bowlers... With series gone, there is no harm trying newer players. There is no difference losing 1-2 or 1-3. I do not honestly think that India has what it takes to draw the series, no matter what it does. Rank truner, dust bowl, Indian umpires...etc etc. Tendlya, please retire with some dignity man, you have hurt Indian interests enough, at least for the last two seasons...

  • on December 7, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    I thought cook will cry foul like Ian bell did in Trent bridge after getting run out. But cook is a great sportsman unlike bell.

  • rsurya on December 7, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Dhoni will now say "Lets see them in a neutral venue and show what we are capable of". We have poor bowling and we don't know captaincy and we don't have dravid and laxman and a few batsmans are out of form. but we will say "its just a bad time".

  • Rohan-Lalpudha on December 7, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    us Indians need to stop being delusional and acknowledge that we are better than only Bangladesh at the moment. Our bowling is arguably the worst amont the test plaing nations (yes, im including bangladesh as well) and even Pakistan have a better batting line up. We need to follow the route that pakistan are taking in blooding in the youth. Tendulkar is WAYYYY beyond his sell by date, Dhoni is a poor all rounder, sehvag is VERY inconsistent and Kohli is confused. we need to only retain ashwin, kohli, ojha, and pukara. get rid of the rest. Oh where are the Dravids and the Laxmans of this generation?

  • on December 7, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Sure, tomorrow England will declare at 560/6.Yes, I do not expect India to take another wicket or run through the tail. Declaration will come fifteen minutes before lunch and England pacers will have a probing spell with 4 slips and a gully. Sure, Viru will score freely for his 30 odd with more than 100 strike rate and gets out. Then the stayers will try their best to stay at the wicket but Monty will make a mockery of their game and get them out.The grand old man of India, tries his very best and as always, he gets the best ball of the day or a poor decision from Rod Tucker (who else?) and then Anderson and Finn run through the tail in a jiffy. Ashwin gives the hope of a miracle and takes it to 5th day, barely, and match is done in first 10 minutes on Day 5. India has a lot to ponder..blah blah,but there will be belter of a pitch at Nagpur to ensure that it will be high scoring draw.Grand old man gets his customary fifty and (hopefully hangs up his boots!! what a waste of time!!

  • on December 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Indian team is in very bad shape,catches go down begging,heads dropping,spinners ineffective. Choking at numerous times.time for some revamp MS.

  • Malret on December 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    If the batsman have some mettle, they need to show it now and draw the game. It seems near impossible, but Faffi did it recently for SA and someone needs to step up and do it for India. I don't think anyone in this bunch are not as talented. The last time Gambhir did it was in NZ and hasnt scored a century since?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 7, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    England are just the better team. Cook was finally out but not got out by India, he was out in some bizarre non-cricket-related way. What would the teams who are currently struggling with their batting at the moment, like Australia and India, give for a batsman like Cook? Quite a lot I reckon, Cook is without a doubt the world's best test opener, there is surely no one left who thinks otherwise. England show their superiority yet again, the excuses have run out for India. England are just much better than them.

  • vpk23 on December 7, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    We all hope to see an Indian defeat in this test series. As a punishment and reminder for the ones who comes later on how not to approach any series with a fabricated mindset.

  • kam_uk on December 7, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    India have been complaining about the umpiring, Dhoni has had open arguments with the umpires. Maybe the penny will finally drop and they will start to use DRS liker the rest of the world. Wasn't Dhoni the person who has always said the umpire's word is final. Dhoni said that DRS is an adulteration of the umpires , he is now adulterating the umpires himself!!!

  • bobmartin on December 7, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Who to blame, appears to be the main cry of the Indian supporters.. Ah yes... lets's blame Fletcher..But wasn't he the coach who put England on the upward path to where they eventually became #1... Ok then.. let's try the feilding coach Penney.... But wasn't he one of the best fielders in England.... Well guys, if those two can't turn around the dismal performances of the last test and this one so far... it might be that either a) your players just aren't good enough... or b) they don't want to be good enough, being more interested in being ODI WC winners or IPL millionaires rather than playing test cricket for their country.. How soon I wonder before Messrs Fletcher and Penney decide that there is no hope nor scope for inprovement and move on to bigger and better things..

  • gangadincongo on December 7, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    What are you talking about? India is still the best team in the world - Tests,ODI and T20. Seven of the players in this match would be in the World XI (Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Kohli,Ashwin, Dhoni, Khan). They can beat any side anywhere in the world. Watch Tendulkar score a double century to win this match for India.

  • on December 7, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    If England can make positive changes to the bowling line up, why oh why can't they do the same in the batting line up and send Bell back home for some more paternity leave. So far this series he has shown no ability to adapt and has squandered his opportunities. Bell flatters to deceive - so much talent and so little to show for it. It's depressing to see such talent being wasted. Time to give one of the talented youngsters a chance to get their test career started.

  • endianuwagona on December 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Dont worry india. Soon after the dreadful test series, there is a refreshing T20 series in which you can hump England and become the world no 1 again....heh heh heh....

  • on December 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I think England batted too slowly today. The kind of position they were in overnight, its a bit disappointing that they couldn't even pile up 300 runs in the day. The first sessions were really slow. Atleast another 50 runs would have been par for the course.

    England needs to pick up the pace in the first session tomorrow and declare or get bowled out by lunch to give themselves a chance of winning because from what I can tell it won't be easy to dislodge the Indian batsmen if they get set on this wicket. England might even to bat again in the 4th innings. They need to decide on the best strategy.

  • cricket-is-passion on December 7, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I think Dhoni needs a long break and skip few test series, he completely relied more on front line bowlers and never used part timers except Yuvi for very less overs but what about SRT, Kohli and especially Viru. I remember Viru started his international career as Delhi allrounder but now Dhoni made him as pure batman. Viru can spin the ball a lot so Viru could be a better option when Cook or any left hander is playing. All the time only 4 bowlers hv been bowling and now they are so tired so he should have used part timers more often atleast in this match like Viru. Also Kohli didn't play well sofar in this series, since everyone's eyes on SRT he has forgotten completely. Also I still recommend replace Yuvi with Irfan or Jadeja to provide more bowling options and both can bat very well. Jadeja is one among other 4 to score 3 triples so he should have picked up for No 7. FOR SELECTORS: Atlease for last match, pl pick either Irfan or Jadeja for No.7 position to hv veriety in bowling.

  • on December 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Is it the same team that won the world cup last year, somehow????

  • A_Vacant_Slip on December 7, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Still no sign of @maddy20, @harmony111, @full-blooded-wallop @dauriscorny, @bigwonder and friend. Come on boy where are you? You know the writing is on the wall....

  • lukecannon on December 7, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    REVENGE series was it? Cant win away , cant win at home. Where can India win? This is all thanks to IPL. Personally i think Dhoni is losing it. He's been failing at captaincy after the 11WC . Kohli or Gambhir should be named captain.

  • tmoulik on December 7, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Harbhajan 'Singh is King' of Eden Gardens, missing him surely.

  • a1s2 on December 7, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    so what happened to this mysterious delivery ashwin was talking about??? what happened to the plan about getting pitersen out huh ashwin???? looks like pitersen is the won who had a plan to play against spinners.only ojha has been the only bowler who looks good in this series.cheer up ashwin at least he can say that he got pitersen out today.that too after making a half-century

  • on December 7, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    So much for INdia's revenge. Lol. Well played cook and trott. Now the job is upto the english bowlers. Good luck. Dhoni should be sacked in my opinion. Its quite common these days. Gayle,Dilshan and now Ross Taylor.

  • rahuldravid_mr.cricket on December 7, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    as an indian...i m really happy seeing ind lose.....dey deserv 2 lose...wid no signs of agression frm msd...i think he is d wrst captain any team wud lyk 2 hv....dis side needs a an overhaul...firstly new captain-gambhir,new coach-rahul dravid, remove zaheer, ishant and ashwin...and bring yadav,dinda nd pathan...open batting wid pathan and gambhir, pujara at 3 sachin sehwag at 4 and 5 get tiwari and yuvraj 2 bat at 6 nd 7....sorry kohli...u good bt not a test player.....let dhoni bat at 8 or we cn replace dhoni wid saha...he is such a gr8 test batsman, yadav at 9 dinda at 10 ojha at 11...or we cn get....mukund and sehwag 2 open wid gambhir at 4 sachin at 5, tiwari at 6, yuvi at 7 dhoni at 8...

  • saicharan200 on December 7, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    dissapointed with indian players performance this match.....good luck for the next two days and survive by not giving the wickets easily....if india loses this match dat too in eden gardens it will be a shame on us...

  • on December 7, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    As usual, as he did in the last two years or so, Tendulkar will rip the opposition apart, and score faster than a speeding bullet - lol,lol,lol. Have a little backbone you selectors and pick a team that is based upon PRESENT performances and not one that is based upon past glory ! Your selection of a team is nothing short of pathetic !!! A younger team will gain experience , and so you are in the plus column, rather than in the minus column with old timers and past glories. Selfishness never win games.

  • Satyam_max on December 7, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Although miracles do not happen always .... I wish we get to see a miracle like 2000-01 Kolkata test .

  • tausif.khalil on December 7, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Its become too much talk about technique tricks, the main thing about indian team is that they dont hav passions to win they trying to save the runs and teire position in team from begining. Future of indian test cricket looks dark and dark.Good luck team India.

  • Noroz on December 7, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    England have dominated the test utterly. Drop catches have cost dearly for Indian team. they looked tired generally. Inspiration should come from the senior lot in all the fields otherwise it is all over for them.

  • BravoBravo on December 7, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    All the IND fans, just face it IND has been a mediocre teram for last 80 years, and it will be the same for decades to come. It is not bowling, the main problem is batting. Come on NZ and BD and WI are making 400+ runs regularly in an innings. Once again, I repeat that it is IND batting which has always been problem behind team's mediocracy. Counting on Shewwag, he is GONE in 60 seconds kind of batsmen. May be your SRT is planning a sick leave soon. Once again my dear IND fellows propaganda will take you upto certain points not beyond that. 10,000 or 100,000 runs does not matter, what matters WHEN you get it (Quote from Sir Viv Richards).

  • on December 7, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Indians lost the battle in their minds, before the series was started everyone was pressurizing English team especially kohli who advocated the decision to produce turners for England and even no quality spinner was played in warm ups leading to first test match. On other hand England was dealing with their fast bowlers' fitness but they kept their cool and focused on their primary job. Indians, I think were uselessly involved in the talks over pitches and lost their focus in the process.

  • on December 7, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    indians show that it's not only they cannot play test cricket in english conditions but also they cannot play test cricket in their own conditions..when they lost matches in england and aus they wanted rank turners now they have it but yet they loose what's more they ask .let's see...............................

  • xrocks on December 7, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    After the retirement of Rahul and VVS, we don't have anyone to anchor in the second innings. So no hope of a draw...

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    There is still a good chance for India to draw the match. Though the ball is turning it is still slow, if Indian batsman have the patience to get behind the ball then they have a good chance to bat 1.5 days. But I don't believe this team can do it. They lack application and aggression. We need to bring an aggressive coach like Ganguly who cannot tolerate loss. No more passive coach, this guy Fletcher is a deadman, he does nothing.

  • spk.ten on December 7, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    it seems as if england is batting on an entirely different pitch ,considering india"s batting in the first innings ,need to get restrict them to under 250 lead and then if our batsman bat sensibly and put up a fighting score ,we have a match in hand ,much more difficult than i say,!!!

  • CricketingStargazer on December 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    It's hard to credit what I am readng here. After the first day people posted that England's bolwing effort was not so good because it was a somewhat difficult pitch with turn and variable bounce. After days 2 & 3 people are posting that the pitch resembles the Kanpur shirtfronts of old and that India will set England a difficult target. The truth is that there is huge difference between how the two attacks are using the pitch and it is beginning to wear and show signs that the it will be increasing difficult to bat on tomorrow. The England attack will be anticipating finishing the job without needing to bat again.

  • crickketlover on December 7, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    England deserves to win. Indian cricket team does not care about test cricket. The players are all millionaires and they do not have any motivation to play for the country and win games.

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    A hapless rudderless ship...our demise started once we won the 20/20 world cup and started the IPL to show to the world that we're the powerhouse of cricket..instead we've become the laughing stock of the world..we don't drop players..even Laxman only retired after public pressure..whens the last time Zaheer did anything..he just contains situations..hes not a match winner..Ashwin looks out of his depth yet we didn't even give Chawla a chance..Mr Yuvraj still hasn't delivered on his so-called talent yet we keep playing him..Tendulkar wont retire.we're not even giving Rahane,Tiwary or Badrinath a chance..and Dhoni is uninspiring as a captain.our fielding awful.our fitness in this day and age an embarrassment..India the powerhouse of cricket..what a joke..4-0 twice away and about to lose this series..and what will the BCCI do..zero/nothing..because they're heads are buried in the sand..you wanted the IPL India..you got it..and our status is at an all time low in world cricket

  • aa61761 on December 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    So Ashwin is as good as Saeed Ajmal? These Englishmen were not able to do any thing against Saeed Ajmal in UAE? India has got the sqare turners but the Englishmen are beating the crap out of Indian spinners.

  • Nampally on December 7, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    "Insanity" is defined as repeating the same mistakes & expecting different results each time.The Indian Selectors learnt this hard way - by being "Gluttons for Punishment"! When a team that got thrashed so badly at Mumbai does not learn its shortcomings & plays the same team again, a bigger disaster awaits them. This was proven convincingly at Kolkatta.Giving excuse of India not having better players is pathetic. India U-19 Team would have done better!.This team needed a bouncy type of RH leg spinner > 90 KPH range to counter Panesar- e.g. Rahul Sharma. Secondly the England team is weak against LH orthodox.If Yuvraj is unfit to bowl, replace him with Jadeja - an all rounder bowling LH orthodox. Jadeja is in terrific form with 2 triple centuries in Ranji + a brilliant fielder.Neither Yuvraj nor Sehwag bowled even when regulars failed- Why? Can India fight back?YES,THEY CAN! They have strong batting - go out determined & get the job done, instead of blaming everyone else but yourselves!

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    This is what happens when you keep repeating the same players inspite of back-to-back white washes. Drop every one except Pujara and Ojha, and give chances to players who have been performing well in Ranji Trophy. That would be batsmen like Badri, Rahane, Tiwary, Kaif, Unmukt Chand, Jiwanjot Singh, etc. and bowlers like Pankaj Singh, B Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Awana, Sandeep Sharma, Shabaz Nadeem, etc. Drop Dhoni and bring in Saha. Saha is India's best wicket keeper batsman for longer formats.

  • AKS286 on December 7, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    I don't want to see the wicket of cook its a horrible one and misses 200. well played poms. after flop show in 2 tests samit patel must be replaced by morgan or bairstow. samit is flop in batting as well as in bowling.

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    however, good job by Captain Cook's Team. go ahead.

  • Long-Leg on December 7, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @streetblader: I can't understand you saying you are going to stop watching cricket. It's like announcing to your family and friends that you're going to stop breathing. I have watched England play since the 1970's, and what India is experiencing now is nothing compared to the humiliation England endured in the 1990's. We had 18 years without winning the ashes. We even had Australians feeling sorry for us... imagine ...the humiliation! Indian fans need to realise that losing is part of the experience of being a fan. It makes you appreciate success even more.

  • Chris_P on December 7, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    A really solid effort from the English batsmen. When patience & application was needed, they provided it. India's fielding was as bad as I can ever recall. Their bowlers don't appear interested.

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    England will probably taken there score around 600+ tomorrow & will declare. I think this is enough to bowled out "so called over hyped team india" within 2 day's.India will loose the series as well & probably 3-1 or 2-1 the margin...O nly thing india can do just playing test with lower graded team like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe,West Indies to improve their current status...Indian cricket willn't improve much more till BCCI'S cricketing control staying at chennai & no change of indian captain because of non-performance & so many underrated player will play for india for long time but the quality player's who is much more capable in test arena than in so called over hyped player willn't get a chance in team india..This is India..Great going boy's..Niow be ready for australian's for thrashing in ur own home ground & think the valid but right excuse for the upcoming horrendous series..

  • vipravara on December 7, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    How wrong Dhoni was to say that "it was just one game" after the loss of Mumbai test. I'be been telling that is was more than a loss and it is indeed evident the way they are performing in test 3. As Indian bowlers allowed the substantial lead to England by day 3 , the only way left out for India is to salvage a draw. Do we have a Faf du Plessiss in the current Indian batting line-up to do that?! Way too much to ask for?! The chances are high for England going up 2-1 in the series. If so, interesting to see what the selectors do, who picked team only for 3rd test instead of 3rd & 4th together after Mumbai loss? Can we see much needed changes coming up? a cricket lover from India

  • Ben_Hayne90 on December 7, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Great day for England today. They played responsibly and showed the Ordinary Indians, how to play in their own backyard. You can have all sorts of stats or records dear Indians, but it doesn't change the fact India still struggles to win or play on non-flat wickets. Lol at Indians. 3-1 lads.

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    This is not the 'Badla' series, this is the 'Kuchh nahi Badla' series.

  • bumsonseats on December 7, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    on watching the sky coverage although not the best for the guys having to comment from a uk studio. i could not be happier though as the BCCI do not get the 1/2 £million that they were asking for i hope that the ecb and sky remember this the next time india travel to the uk. i know a couple of places were they can set there com box. lets say they will be near running water and if they have uk belly, close to amenities

  • Sinhaya on December 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Well done England and hope the demolition job of this overrated batting lineup will be done and dusted asap. I know very well that Swann is enough to go through these school kids.

  • axb377b on December 7, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Can't bat, can't bowl, can't catch. Can't play away and now can't play at home either. Terrible against pace and now terrible against spin as well.

    We never produced fast bowlers, now England is producing better spinners. The entire cricket structure in India is rotten. This Indian team is pathetic. Why are Gambhir, Dhoni, Tendulkar, Yuvraj even in the team. I am hoping for two crushing victories for England, atleast that way someone might wake up and see our team is nothing more than a few overhyped, overpaid average cricketers.

  • Raki99 on December 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Even though I am An Indian Supporter I am kind of happy, This would I hope open some eyes of the management on how to build successfull team, They might come back an win the test in nagpur, but its an embarrasement , Now their batman can't bat in india as well as they can't bat outside subcontinent, same can be said for the bowlers. Also Manay people are are saying they dhoni should resign, well who is the successor to dhoni? I would also not blame eveything on IPL because SaFfers are number 1 teaqm and everybody from theiur team plays IPL. So i think the talent is missing from this indian team.

  • Zeshan547 on December 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    i am just wondering,now where india will take revenge if can't take in india?

  • SCC08 on December 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    I say get rid of Sehwag, Gambir, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kholi,Yuvraj, Dhoni,Ashwin, Khan, Olja, Sharma and you could be ok. And as a Saffa, where are all the Indian fans that were giving it to the English before the tour? The turning wickets... Pay back.. Blah blah blah.. Epic fail so far Team India.

  • alipk52 on December 7, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    No word to describe the brilliance of Cook, truely the best captain, and opener right now, he really led from the front right from the 1st Innings of the series, even Dhoni is looking like an ordinary skipper in comparison with Cook, i thought before that Trott is the best in England's batting lineup, what a difference all of a sudden in Cook when we saw him in UAE earlier this year while facing spin, i respect you! And Prior, ever reliable, when he's at the crease, runs comes with ease and fluent pace, and you're in trouble? Prior will fight as long as he can! You beauty!.

  • rushhour0825 on December 7, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    India should be able to save this game pretty easily, Dravid and Laxman have done this before in Kolkata.... RETIRED? What do you mean they've retired?

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    We are wounding Indian test cricket with a double edged sword.

    Gavaskar, Dravid, VVS, Jaffer, Badrinath etc are all pure test class players. We still do have some, like Rahane, & Tiwari. Unfortunately excessive commercialization of cricket incentivised test players to adapt to suit the short format. Even Dravid & VVS were forced to, by circumstances.

    Destroying test class players is only one edge of the double edged sword, cutting into the gentle body of test cricket. The other cutting edge is the fact that we keep on pushing great players of the short format into the test teams, totally neglecting the test calibre players. Rahane's frustration on the one hand, and Kohli's (to some extent Yuvi's too) travails on the other symbolise this -- India bleeding with self inflicted wounds with this double-edged sword.

    Let us pray for the badly wounded Indian test cricket's healing and speedy recovery. Hope, timely remedies will save us all from writing painful obituaries!

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    If sehwag gets out early. All my fellow Indians please change the channel or switch off tv.

  • Kashi0127 on December 7, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @ B Dilshan Jayasinghe India needs supe heroic efforts to save this match not win it!

  • freddieraghu on December 7, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Ashwin is fastest Indian to take 50test wickets. And He can Take wickets on any ground. Terms&Conditions apply: 1. Match should not be held in Fast conditions like AUS, SA, ENG. 2. Match should be held in India. 3. Even in India it must be deadliest rank turner pitch. 4. Even all the conditions above apply, the match should not be against Asian teams and Top ranked teams like SA, ENG and AUS. 5. The opponent should preferably be either West Indies or NewZealand. 6. Dhoni must be captain. 7. Srikkanth must be in Selection committee. 8. THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY.

  • ste13 on December 7, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    At the highest level you cannot afford poor fielding, dropping Cook twice in such circumstances is a big blow for confidence. Besides, nothing has changed - the only English batsmen in form are Cook, Pietersen and Prior. Higher numbers posted by the others is a result of slump in Indian belief. Innings defeat very probable - all due to mental fragility.

  • krazymetalbadger on December 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Perhaps team India want more practice at T20, if this is over in 4 days they can squeeze in another game ahead of the all important IPL 2013

  • scottnye on December 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    England played today perfectly. Cook and Trott groudn the bowlers down adn got us into the lead, giving the middle and lower order licence to come in and play their shots. I fancy England to bat for another hour tomorrow, make hay and get another 70/80 runs and then put India in. India will need to bat the rest of the match to secure a draw.

    Quite a few balls have started to turn and I think all the England bowlers will be licking their lips for a bowl in the second innings. a 270 run lead and fielders all round the bat.

    I predict an England win

  • on December 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    its clearly seen India have much weaker bowling as compare to other test teams even Bangladesh have much more verity..in my opinion dhoni & company has no capability to win the series..

  • NeutralVerdict on December 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Although England deserve to win this test on their play so far, there is still a long way to go in this match. Even if England can get a lead of over 300, from what we've seen so far its not going to be easy to remove set batsmen.

    If the Indian batsmen can live up to the Indian supporters hype of how good they are, then this game could not be the foregone conclusion so many are expecting.

    As a neutral though I think England beating India in their own back yard will be a good thing for cricket as this India team needs a a major overhaul if they are to compete at the top again - and ultimately that's what everyone wants for the good of all International cricket.

  • bumsonseats on December 7, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    at the start of the series i said if we won the toss we could be competitive.what do we do but loose those.we have have had a cricket board who went out of their way to make sure that the tourists had no practice against any spinner, or wickets similar to the test. they did it in a cynical way which, and a captain who openly has demanded the type of wicket to be prepared. i have not seen or heard in watching cricket for 45 years. i would love us to beat india, them and many of their supporters do not understand the word of the spirit of cricket.

  • avishek12321 on December 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    need a change really,,in captaincy in tests,gg should be the new captain,,dont know after being the most succesful bowlr of last season dinda didnt get chance and ishant got chance?

  • Cric2015 on December 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    India needs to think of following changes immediately: New - Captain - Gambhir New - Coach - Dravid (no need 4 coaching degree he knows the Indian players better than anyone in the world New Bowling Coach - Vass

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    ODI's and Tests are not in any way similar in the modern game and to be the captain in one form takes a completely different set of skills when compared to the other. Dhoni has been an excellent ODI captain of India and was one of the main reasons that we won the world cup in 2011. However, he lacks the skills and imagination needed to be a test captain. He needs to be retained as captain of the ODI and T20 teams only. Gambhir/Sehwag can be captain of the test side. Yuvraj should only be picked for ODI's and T20's and Zaheer needs to be dropped as he has lost his magic. Ashwin needs to be tried for one more series and should be on notice. My team for the next test series is as follows: Rahane, Gambhir, Pujara, Sehwag, Sachin, Kohli, Saha, Ashwin, Ishant, Umesh and Ojha. When Sachin decides to retire, Tiwary/ Badrinath need to be drafted in.

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    I said, yesterday. And day before. That, this is a win-the-toss-and-score-600+ pitch. England innings proves it. Shouldn't even dream of a third innings 600, a miracle, the kind conjured up by Dravid & VVS, against the Aussies, a few years ago. There is none in this Indian team, who can hold a candle to those two -- when it comes to patience and perseverance. In this match, if any pair comes close to that, it is Cook & Trott! Unfortunately for India, they play for England. The wicket is also going to be bowler friendly by tomorrow's lunch break. We, Indian supporters, be prepared for huge defeat. The team, which is far superior, in every way, will win. So, we shouldn't grudge it. We should think of what need to be done to save Indian test cricket.

  • rajsarkar1980 on December 7, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Sad to see the defensive mindset of Indian players.Mahi lacked any imagination or ambition.Dont expect any miracles from this test.Looking to nagpur if we can draw level... Gud time to give Mahi rest from test captaincy,but prob is no one ready for leadership role.Viru is too casual,virat too soon,tat leaves with Gambir.He is struggling to hold on to his place in the team.I think Viru can come in middle order once SRT is gone and have regulars openers... Time is ripe for some overhaul in the team. Dedicated ODIs & T20s squad and Test squad separate..... If Mahi has to lose the job, coach uncle needs to re-think his role.Seems he has no command on the players... Time for serious introspection, Team India

  • pritpalpabla on December 7, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Ashwin only manage to get 7 wickets with avg of 77 in this series so far... That tells u whole story. I am wondering which magic ball he was talking about before start of this series... He is not even performing in sub-continent, what will happen to him overseas... At least bhaji was king during his best time in subcontinent. Stupid bowling display from India.

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Another match-winning knock by the skipper.

  • bridgefort on December 7, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    England are well placed for what might be a gripping finale. Great to see Trott in the runs. I've developed tremendous respect for Cook since he became captain. To Indian fans: India were much better in the field today. The energy levels remained high throughout. Ojha and Mishra especially often bowled long and containing overs when there was not much turn on offer. Dhoni always looked like he was bowling/ setting fields to a plan. Considering how flat the pitch was, this was a much improved performance from which all cricket lovers should be able to take heart.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 7, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Living in Denial doesn't make you invincible. Heads should have rolled after 2 back to back white washes. Instead Indian Board and a lot of ignorant Indian fans doubled down and - to the entire cricketing fraternity's astonishment said - there's nothing wrong with Indian team. Come to our back yard and we will give a brown wash!! I knew this was a flat track when even Tendulkar was able to score! Indian batsmen blew this golden opportunity to pile up runs. Bring on consistent Ranji Trophy run scorers like Rahane and Badri. Ashwin is good only for T20, Ishant is a C grade bowler, and Zaheer has lost his touch. Bring on consistent Ranji bowlers like Pankaj Singh, Awana, B Kumar, Shami Ahmed and Sandeep Sharma.

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    can save the match, sehwag needs to click and GG, Pujara need to dig in - its tough, but is the pitch really changing?

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    India at one point looked like they might get back into the game, but that partnership between Prior and Swann at the end has put it out of reach for them. With a lead of say 230, England will bowl with confidence against a batting line up under big pressure. England may not have to bat again to win....and what a win it would be...losing the toss at Eden Gardens...keep it going England!!!

  • gloves71 on December 7, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    HaHaHa, only 9 comments (at time of writing)! Where are all those India fan boys who proudly spoke of 5-0 drubbings in India? *whiny voice* Oh you can't win in India because you can't play spin, Our batsmen are unbeatable at home. Well, has this finally shut up your arrogance? I should hope so! Cricket is famous for its respect of the opposing team but this new tranche of India fan boys has shown none of that, only using every opportunity to deride England and its method of playing cricket. So your team is being beaten in its own backyard - time to show some humility!

  • Alexk400 on December 7, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    India will lose this Test

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    india will need a super hero here 2 win this game...any way this shows India need Sachin more & specified test fast bowlers

  • sachislife2310 on December 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Write it somewhere!! It's going to be Sachin who will hold indian innings from now on in this test match!

  • Srini1001 on December 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    #Hello Kuduru Eswar Reddy: You missed out Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Bedi and Prassanna....(but then Grace, Hammond, Gooch, et al. would be playing for England ... the scenario would be pretty much the same)!

  • balajit on December 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    If this doesn't bring about change in Indian team & support staff including coach nothing else will. Time for non performers to go & the first name on the list should be Duncan Fletcher.

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    The one concern I have is that this is clearly a runs giving pitch. Even with all that England has scored, they are still only ahead by 193 runs. Will India get 316 again? probably not. But if they are willing to work at it, the draw is very likely.

    That said, props to England for finally showing up on the subcontinent. After being embarassed by Pakistan in Dubai, they have shown that they can turn things around. Much respect to them for showing some real improvement.

  • JustOUT on December 7, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    So called Team India Fans thought that their team is unbeatable at home after getting trashed, whitewashed by POMS & AUSSIES last year. But they did not realize that after Dravid & Laxman retirement, middle order has become bleak and their bowling dept is third rate and equal to B grade. Zaheer has lot his zist and Ishant is one of the over hyped C grade fast bowler. This series is a good lesson for the fans that their team cannot win a series at home against bigger team and will get whitewashed overseas.. PERIOD

  • Charlie101 on December 7, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Our bowling attack will have to be on great form to winkle out India in good time. Swanny is due a few wickets !!!

  • on December 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    @Kundura Eswar Reddy - but they are not there and you have to play with you got.. its sad to see the declination of indian cricket

  • aahahaa on December 7, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    well played Eng. Cook's steely determination is rubbing off on others and the top batted with purpose. thorough and professional batting. nice acceleration towards the end. i remember watching (on TV) the Gower side which came and won here abd I see a lot of similarities.

  • CovellBeast on December 7, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Great day for england again. Prior once again proving how valuable he is in any situation. From the indian's point of view at least there was abit more fight about them today, more of a controlled plan at the beginning of the day, but sadly the damage had already been done. Sadly for them anyway :)

  • itsthewayuplay on December 7, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Prior will most likely add quite a bit tomorrow and at a fair clip and if England get a lead of 300, on this wearing pitch and India batting the way they have in the last 3 innings and showing no stomach for a fight Panesar will be more than a handful. England favourites to go 2-1 up.

  • Ven27 on December 7, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    England might score another 50 + runs to set a lead of more than 250 runs atleast. INDIA needs to bat very patient as they did for alteast 40 overs + to draw this match as can't expert a win from here for INDIA.. Sehwaq & Gambhir needs to start well...

  • on December 7, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    as indian fan if sourav,laxman,dravid are there thats a different scenario in this match

  • zarasochozarasamjho on December 7, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Cook and Trott are 2 real world class batsmen. Sure they have the necessary skills, but so have many others in world cricket. But like the article says these batsmen are bloody-minded. They are set in the MARATHON mould. There is only ONE way to play, which is don't lose wicket, score runs when possible and without taking undue risk. Now in this scenario their individual scores is meaningless. It may be 1 or 207. They will be out when they will be out. Very simple; think about it. The exception would only arise when they need to increase the scoring tempo for the team sake and taking more risk would be not only acceptable but actually a requirement. Common sense prevails all the time.

  • ecricl on December 7, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    i dnt knw what is the worst part of india team. is it batsman who failed to make a good score where england has 500 + ( though a few die hard supporter made the pitch difficult one and started praising a certain innings of 76 as great knock so how this difficult pitch help england to 500+? is it indian batsmans fault or bowlers fault? in both case the answer is clear). a team which cant bat goood in good pitch. some fan attacked probably sidarth mongas article abt aswhin saying a bowler who has quickest 50+ wkts for india is not a joke. well there was one who got 16 wkt in his first test some 23 year ago and in 1984 there was one who was being clapped for three 6 wkt haul against england...........thts were some indian record too........all made in indian soil...when abroad they got exposed. same case for mr ashwin, how many of those 55 wkts are in abroad fans?

  • Lmaotsetung on December 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Cheer up India......England have batted 5 1/2 sessions for the lost of only 6 wickets. Surely the legends can last just as long, no? LOL

  • MartinC on December 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Interesting Test match. The pitch is still playing well and if batsmen get in they are very hard to get out. India can save this match still if they apply themselves with the bat and show some desire. The question is have they got the bottle and temperament in their batting to really apply themselves to a tough test like this after a diet of easy runs and flashy shots in ODIs and 20/20?

  • on December 7, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Beginning of the end of Indian cricket.. will die in less than 5 years. Dhoni is the worst captain ever.

  • Abaa on December 7, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    When Andrew Strauss retired earlier this year, there were some ridiculous and disrespectful postings from some Indian fans over here on the cricinfo site and on its FB page about how he will retiring to avoid the embarrassment of losing 4-0 to India in India. The cockiness was unbearable specially given that he was retiring not due to anything to do with India but more to do with South Africa's dominance. And now fast forward a few months and here we are. 4-0 my foot. The first test in the series seems a distant memory and might even be called a lucky fluke. The worst part about this is the fact that the Indian fans are all over other nations like Bangladesh or Sri Lanka when they lose games and yet here they are losing badly both home and away and against opposition they promised to dominate! This is utterly shameful. Two individuals could have changed this game. Dravid and Laxman did it just over a decade ago. Too bad they have retired.

  • bishnoi.m29 on December 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    with all due respect M.S.Dhoni's captaincy skills are ununderstandable. he dint try anythng to make something happen. kept on bowling without variation. no sehwag , sachin or for that matter he could have tried kohli.. i dont know what wil happen on fourth day . but i guess the battle is already lost.. nd its a fine team effort by india.. poor bowling , poor batting , ordinary fileding and lame captaincy..

  • on December 7, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    What an innings from Cook once again!! But, remember he was dropped by Pujara when he was 17. So, it's India who has to blame themselves. I hope India loose and selectors find reasons for replacing the captain and non-performing players. England winning a test series in India would be one of M.S Dhoni's greater setbacks and I hope he retires from test cricket ASAP after such an embarrassment. On the other side Cook started his test captaincy with a bang, he is a character to inspire in the dressing room. Well done Cook, hope Indians take a leaf out of his book and grind the English bowlers in second innings. It seems that Cook and company had batted India out of the test match, which means that England can't loose this test match. Unless Sehwag plays a blinder with a run a ball Century or Ojha repeats the heroics of Harbajan Singh, chances of India winning this test match seems to be a very very slim.

  • Hammond on December 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Dominance from England, pure and simple. Once another 50+ runs go up tomorrow from the tail India are as sunk as the Titanic.

  • VinodGupte on December 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    something is terribly terribly wrong with the indian side. while lynchmob is seeking SRT's sacking, other issues are ignored. dhoni has lost all his sting. bowlers are not able to take wickets. nobody knows what the coach is doing. fielding is bad. india's body language is pathetic. someone needs to set-up an inquiry into all this. ind will go on to lose this one and then make a comeback in nagpur to level the series but we all hoped for a series win.

  • on December 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Cook is our new mascot for current generation batsman,he will go on to break all batting records in the next 10yrs

  • ecricl on December 7, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    its a flat pitch, some assistance are now on offer for bowlers. even then if a few Indian batsman can show like cook & co the test shud be draw ( thanks god i m not india fan). they have to be spot on india! the selectors and supporters just look at the players name before selection. thts why short term version heroes get into test team, there are some flashes here and there but this is test match not ODI or T20. I fancy a player not always has bad luck, so with lady luck declaring its ur day some ODI or T20 hits can bring a 100 making selectors cheer and supporters jump around there heroes. our hero has turned test staff and now u will teach other teams a lesion ( example yuvi, kohli etc). that also ensures a few more matches selection. soon test match failure forgotten by limited version heroism and then again selection in test.......the cycle continues.........thts the problem with india. though i shud agree if the game ends in draw it would be unjustise for ENGLAND.

  • balajeev on December 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    What a terrible terrible day for India. Reminds me of last year's England tour. So much for revenge... Why on earth doesn't Dhoni use Sehwag's offspin at least for variety's sake, considering the two main spinners bowled around 50 overs each ? They must have had the feeling of being ground into the dust.

  • CricShanghai on December 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    The wicket after lunch was somewhat transformed into a turning wicket with uneven bounces, becoming more and more unpredictable as the sun snuggled slowly behind Eden Garden. Clearly, the English batsmen were not showing any nervousness, were unaffected by the wicket. Now, this test rests upon the Indian 2nd innings and how the Indian's top 4 batsmen play their innings out, like Sunil G. commented earlier in the day, they will need to bat through 4-5 sessions, to save the test!

  • SirViv1973 on December 7, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Another fine day for Eng, there was just a sniff after tea for ind to get back in with some sort of chance but they couldn't take it. Hopefully we can now push on and get a lead of 250 or maybe even a few more. The idea scenario would be to bat until lunch or as close to then as possible. That would ensure Ind would need to bat well in to the last session of the match to save it, which would be around 140 - 150 overs, a huge task for any side batting on a 4th/5th day pitch.

  • on December 7, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    England doing well despite carrying so many players that are underperforming. England's second seamer - be it Broad or Finn - has taken 1 wicket in the entire series so far (Broad zero - Finn one) It seems unbelievable now that England played THREE specialist seamers in the first test when even two seems a waste. Englands numbers 3,5 and 6 have scored less than 180 runs between them in the entire series (Trott at 3, Bairstow or Bell ot 5 and Patel at 6) given almost half of those came today, that's 50% of Englands specialist batting failing time after time. I hope India make a fight out of this. Some of the English batters have now had a REALLY good look at these Indian spinners for hundreds of overs. If they once had "mystery" they don't any more.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 7, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Things really are getting bad. Three weeks ago Jonsey and RandyOz would have been on here like a shot predicting a heavy England defeat on the 5th day. Right now I would not be completely surprised if England were to wrap this up late tomorrow. If the batsmen can get 50 more in the morning and declare, it could only take an early wicket or two for India to start to fall apart. The wicket is certainly getting no easier and the variable bounce will interest seamers and spinners alike. England will also have the advantage of Graeme Swann being recovered from illness and confident, with a few runs with the bat behind him.

  • Percy_Fender on December 7, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Ashwin needs to go. He just does not have it in him after a good start albeit in limited over games. Along with him Dhoni should go whose claim to fame was his phenomenally good luck in the happy years. Now with that gone he is left with just the calm demeanour. Even his skills have vanished. Maybe Gambhir needs to be given the captaincy. I get the hunch that his best in batting comes out when he captains the side. Zaheer was vert good when he was at his peak. But now he has just gone over the hill. India is in transition as we know. So it is time to bite the bullet and bring in the changes after identifying the names who could be useful. I hope these changes come even for the 4th Test. Maybe a new era is due to unfold. As it did in 1996 at Lords.

  • saicharan200 on December 7, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    England can win this test match unless if there is a fighting performance frm indain batsmen the next two days..I dont think that they r in a mood to perform..Not even a single player z showing spirit, dat z showing on them in today's field..totally disappointing the way indian players approach towards the game..Anywaz advance congratulations for this test match victory to team england......Gloomy indian cricket team admirer

  • cricsam9 on December 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    This is Hilarious, India Team is not able to produce Good Seamers, Good Batters and now Good Spinners too. How many Tests does India have to loose with quality teams to realize that Dhoni and Yuvraj are not Test Team Materials? And India is now understanding the value of VVS, Dravid and the balance they provide to the team.

  • The_Ashes on December 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    lolz India are showing just how ordinary they are even on the flattest of tracks. England deserve to win this game.

  • haseeb72 on December 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Oh my God ! Another test defeat ahead for India

  • jb633 on December 7, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Despite the huge amount of stick dished out by the Indian fans to the English cricket team in 2012 I am going to try and avoid it and come out with constructive criticism. First of all England are playing exceptionally well. Considering how poor we have been in 2012 this has been a remarkable turnaround. The bookmakers had England at 35-1 to win the series after the first test and the turnaround has been dramatic. Yet again Cook has led the charge and the rest have followed. Indian spinners are bowling at the wrong pace for me. In modern times players do not want to use their feet so much and so the art of flight is gradually dying. It is how you beat them off the pitch that is bringing success; Ajmal, Rehman, Monty, Swann (although uses more flight). Ashwin for me does not look a test player. I would bring in Dinesh Khartik or maybe Rahul Sharma for the variation in the third test. IMO Ishant actually didn't bowl badly at all but was underused by a skipper who has lost the plot.

  • on December 7, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    What a way to be run out for the first time! Still it was his own fault, just looked like he switched off a bit and his reflex reaction was to get out of the way, Bizarre but understandable given the length of time he's been out there. England well ahead but if the pitch does not break up India could still dig in for a draw.

  • SoverBerry2 on December 7, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    MSD is probably going to lose his captaincy and place in the team...

  • on December 7, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Whats wrong with Dhoni? Does he know how to attack? I am sure he won't be able to win a test match even if he had bowlers like Warne or Mcgrath.

  • Jeppo on December 7, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    I am so impressed with Cook - he is truly a fighter and an asset to any team. He is in my opinion the best batsman of either side at the moment. What I'm not impressed with is the India bowling and fielding. Batsman don't win you test matches. It's the bowlers, and if India don't address this issue soon by producing quality bowlers, matches like this will be the norm for them.

    I think now Finn will be the key for when India eventually bats. The wicket is starting to get some variable bounce, and I think Finn, more than Swann and Panesar, will take advantage of it.

  • on December 7, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    India in deep trouble. Commentators were very optimistic that there may be a miracle that India post more 400 and sawing run through the english batting line in one session on day 5. They are not even say DRS while talking about the game. BCCI effect. I don't know how they are gagged, but shastri, gavaskar, and co lost their respect in my eyes.

  • DDrocks on December 7, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    India went in with 4 bowlers, definitely one (if not two) short. Given the manner in which the English batsmen won the Mumbai test after dominating the spin, whatever prompted this Indian bowling line-up? Bhajji, by far the most successful bowler of this bunch at the Eden Gardens, was left out and has head off for the Ranji...baffling! If you do not have the bowlers to win a test match, at least have a batting line-up that will help not to lose one! It is strange that in India we never hear of the Selectors take responsibility for the team's failure. May be they should take a leaf out of the Australian selectors' book, who assumed responsibility for Aussies failure in the recently concluded series with SA.

  • stormy16 on December 7, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Not for a moment did I imagine at the begining of this series that the we will reach this stage where Eng are looking at when to declare on the 3rd test with the series level. All India's options have gone with the only questions being when will they bat again and will they survive for a draw. Not sure if I can say this with any confidence but I presume the wicket is flat and India should hold out even if it means batting for the better part of two days. Eng have been brilliant and I must admit I had written them off at the begining of the series - based on their struggles with spin - but they have the last laugh, even if they somehow manage to lose the series from here. Cook keeps pilling on the runs and what a star this guys is. Not many can boast of a record this complete with runs all over the world in all conditions and his best is probably still ahead of him! I reckon Eng should be cautious for 30 minutes to get the lead to 225 and then aim to get India in 5 overs before lunch.

  • NLS1 on December 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    This test match is proceeding on expected lines. England should bat for another 3 sessions and stretch their total to 750. The remaining sessions are more than adequate to get all Indian wickets. Big innings defeat for India! No, we are not done yet. Same Indian team will be selected for the fourth test too so the scoreline can become 3-1.

  • VivtheGreatest on December 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Staring down the proverbial barrel- we'll need a bloody miracle to save this one. Well done England.

  • GRVJPR on December 7, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    No doubt that Inzamam was a better runner than Cook and Bell. Between, I am surprised that Andy flower didn't went to dhoni and begged for Aliastar Coooks wicket

  • slasaus on December 7, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    "run-out on 190 after a brain-fade" Given Cook's attitude his first run out in test cricket, just falling short of his third 200, will be analysed and make him even more determined and hungry. I reckon he must have been pretty proud of that clean sheat of run outs in test cricket, like Jimmy prob was for not having a duck in his first xx test matches. I'm expecting a few dives later on his his carreer, while he cant be bothered whether the ball will hit him in the ribs or not ;) Imho this test match could be over in 4 days.

  • on December 7, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Even if we are able to get them out for 550 and bat superbly in the 2nd innings , we might give them a target of not more than 150 to 200 and England in all probability romp home. England can loose this match if they self destruct which i don't see happening. When England come to bowl tomorrow you will see the pitch become lively again, the ball turning, jumping, bouncing, swinging. I am waiting to see what excuse does Mr. Dhoni have this time. I as a true Indian fan want us to loose this match and the next one too, so at-least BCCI will wake up and make some major changes in the team else this trend will continue for the next series which is against Aus followed by the tour to SA.

  • Sheela on December 7, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    In the last two Tets of current series against England Indianns have failed miserably in all departments of the game batting, bowling, fielding, strategy etc. It looks if England declae their innings only at lunch on 5th day, still they would win handsomely. The fielding of Indians in the Calcutta Test is very pathetic and very ordinary. Ordinary Teams playing in the Maidan would have fielded better. Let us accept the facts and dont mince about it.

  • disco_bob on December 7, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Will England be able to bat till lunch and declare or might they not have that luxury.

  • Nilesh_T on December 7, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    The title of 'tigers at home' is now under threat thanks to the utterly inept,shoddy and listless bowling - one of the worst seen in recent years and that too on home pitches. English batsmen of the likes of Trott & Prior are toying with these 'pie-chuckers' ,not to mention the domination of Cook & Peterson. Another 100 runs added to the existing lead would well & truly put the game beyond even a draw for the current Indian batting line up,with its big guns totally out of form. Is this the same pitch where SRT & Dhoni struggle to make a 70 and 50 ,whereas Cook majestically scores 190 ? Zaheer is past his prime and tiring, Ishant has got more chances than he deserves & has proven nothing, Ashwin is a shadow of his former self and Piyush is just about ok. Dhoni & co.must be wishing this torture gets over well before the fifth day,and then he can start blaming the groundsman and go through the motions of a press conference pointing fingers at others. Well done England.

  • on December 7, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    India is looking at an innings defeat.

  • BlastFromThePast on December 7, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Sheer dominance by the English, wonder what will India come up with tomorrow? Cannot really find enough words of praise for Alistair Cook, believe he is the best in the world today, better even than Michael Clarke, Cook is now probably all set to achieve a rare feat,defeating India at home. Savour the moment, all that I can say.

  • malepas on December 7, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    India is officaily the weekest team in Asia just over BD, I think BD should try and get a test agaist India and you never know with form they might just managed a win in tests. I think in cricket, one should never make big claims and they were quite a few from Indian players and fans alike, but now they coming to haunt them,Ashwin was compared with Ajmal etc, I can't see India even saving this test as they will be playing last day and a half on this wicket which is getting tiring now but nothing in it for bowlers,,which put in the perspective how bad india batted on this wicket and that batting first,,I think, India is mentally have bottled up but saving match on this wicket shouldn't be a problem for most sides but India in this frame of mind doesn't look good..

  • gbqdgj on December 7, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Great stuff from England today but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet, if England can pull to a lead of around 250 they still have a huge bowling task ahead of them to get through a still very talented Indian batting line up. One this I would however ask is for all of the Indian fans who have been nothing but abusive towards the English team on here, please come out and acknowledge how well England batted and bowled instead of doing the usual "India were terrible" or worse still "Well it's because of poor umpiring/lack of DRS/Cook is the only decent player England have otherwise we would be smashing you" etc etc. Come on guys how about a bit of humility for a change.

  • YazeerArabath on December 7, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Its all in the Game..... India will come back as England had gone down earlier

  • Nivas_Shanmugam on December 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Very worst stuff from Indians... India must remove 75% of the present team... Must include solid players like Rahane, M Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Saha... and fast like Pankaj singh, Avana, Dinda, Umesh and also Ishant.. Team XI: Gambhir / M vijay Rahane, Pujara, Sachin, Manoj, Yuvraj/Kohli, Saha, Ishant, Dinda, Mishra, Ojha

  • Musafir366 on December 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Wonderful Cook wonderful. you really impressed me.

    however it was embarrassing the way you out yourself :P

    but good job man. Nip the India in Eden Gardens.

  • Essex_Man on December 7, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Perfect day for England; well batted, lads. There is now some turn for Monty and Swannie to look forward to tomorrow and, more particularly, some very low bounce which big Steve Finn could exploit.

  • on December 7, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    India will be defeated by England 3-1 And Aussies too will defeat India 4-1

  • sachislife2310 on December 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Its going to be a exciting draw :D

  • sensible-indian-fan on December 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    India is ALMOST finished. They must be hoping that the pitch doesn't break up now. As an indian fan, I would request my fellow mates not to abuse our bowlers today. They did bowl really well but the pitch had nothing in it. It was the batting that let us down. We used to score 600 effortlessly in these pitches and we didn't do that here. Let's hope we show some fight in the second innings. This series has sure damaged some egos. Every indian fan humbly accept the determination and superiority of England, no matter where this series goes from now on.

  • drei on December 7, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    England seem to have nailed test cricket in India. Who'd have thought. They just have to finish the job now - match is theirs to draw/lose. Dravid hinted after lunch on day 1 that he's seen sides that are bowled out in the first day or early on second day then sit and watch the opposition bat through Days 2 and 3. This puts England within reach of victory already and they've just cracked the formula. Far cry from Test 1 of this series! It says something that some commentators are now talking about the Eden Gardens match in 2001 vs Oz. When you're already hoping for a repeat of one of the best test matches of all time, you've all but lost.

  • on December 7, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    well this series really helped to clarify mmany things ! 1) never blame a loss to sachin he will score yet the team will fall 2) ashwin is gving part of his ipl earnings to dhoni otherwise a frontline spinner of his patience shudnt be in the A team of india 3) cook hats off :) u really showed ur class even the 94 against us in the uae ealier prooved ur class 4) drs planned backifred for india 5) players are probably watching a reality show or sumthng otherwise why r they nt reacting to the england grip

  • rafiqraja on December 7, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Whoever thought this as the "REVENGE" series :D

  • Min2_cric on December 7, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    i feel ashamed being an indian...hats off to england, they really have that bloody thirst for a win that indian players have quenched in ipl...

  • dhekar01 on December 7, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Toothless bowling coupled with poor captaincy from Mr. Dhoni. At this stage, I wonder if he is carrying hiw own weight for the team. So, far why hasn't he given more bowling to Yuvraj, Kohli, Tendulkar & Sehwag? Sad to see that repeatedly, the captain is frozen to continue to have same 4 bowlers whoch can't make a breakthrough. Why blame the pitch when team India can't get their act together...some wholesale changes are warranted - enough of worshiping - time up for Great Tendulkar and aging Zak, radarless Dhoni - Look at the Aussies...they rebuilt in really short time to give a run to SA.

  • on December 7, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Looks like England taking the lead with 2-1 to me after this test.

  • vsukh on December 7, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    After watching Indian team play in all these 3 tests and everybody commenting on how Cook has dominated his batting in India . Have they really studied the past videos " How to get Cook Out". Thanks to the person who has uploaded and made a great collection on Youtube of making Cook out. I sincerely hope Dhoni, Zaheer and Fletcher and ofcourse BCCI make an earnest effort to look at those videos. Also these video clipping shows McGrath and Stuart Clarke both 35 plus years old making every effort in getting Cook out in the same manner. Zaheer, please watch and learn since you will continue to play for India for at least 4 -5 more years and torment us with embarassment...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4fv7DAjSlU

  • baranasai on December 7, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Toothless bowling spineless batting inept captaincy + Poor coaches= indian team /why we should have coaches for this and advisers trainers for that when the team is pscholgically down /they are not confident and not showing real courage and fighting

  • on December 7, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Bell's continues to squander his opportunities. The selectors had the courage to make changes to the bowling line up, they should have told Bell to take a few months paternity leave. Meantime, talented young players who might display a modicum of intelligence at the wicket are being denied the opportunity to get their international careers started.

  • Ruki-CMB on December 7, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    The best possible thing to happen in the last session is where England increase the lead to more than 200 runs and tire the indians, and again to bat again in the first hour of the next morning to give india to bat, with the england bowling attack the match would be done before the 4th day for 2 consecutive matches

  • baranasai on December 7, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Indian team will lose very badly/Kevin will score another fast ton and another ton is also coming from the wicket keeper . watch for indian team will be folded for 200

  • indiabadri on December 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Seems like one more innings defeat for india. Catches getting dropped regularly. England knows how to tackle indian bowlers with their aggressive batting and on the other hand India knows how to loose wickets on this absolute batting track. All the best india..................go guys loose..................well done England.

  • glance_to_leg on December 7, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Technically correct but scarcely within the spirit of the game. I can see why India were relieved, and I could see why they did not consider withdrawing the appeal, but I did not care for the over the top celebrations. An innings like that deserves celebration, even from opposition fans.

  • go_pk_go on December 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    What's wrong with the pitch, the Best Bowler of spin bowling "ASHWIN" and the master of revers swing "ZAK" are still wicket-less and gone for penalty.

  • go_pk_go on December 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    What's wrong with the pitch, the Best Bowler of spin bowling "ASHWIN" and the master of revers swing "ZAK" are still wicket-less and gone for penalty.

  • richardror on December 7, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Well batted Cook! Can't help but feel terrible for him. Nothing to do with good or quick thinking from Kohli. Just bad luck that Cook as out of his ground when dodging the ball. If England don't win now after outplaying India in every department it will be a travesty. Oh well at least we know who the superior side is. England won 4-0 at home and India not even putting up a fight in their back yard after the first test.

  • on December 7, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    India not showing any verity in bowling, i dont understand y both d spinners bowling in the constant phase, guys take a look at peneser bowling style and learn something....

  • caughtatcover on December 7, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Cookie and Trottie are punishing the helpless and directionless Indian bowling attack as if they are some "ordinary" side( looks like Sehwag's comment on the BD attack a couple of years ago is turning out to be a reality for his own team)..just wondering if he would agree and accept the reality that this current line up is infact inferior than BD's..

  • PadamHCL on December 7, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Now the time has come up for BCCI to look in to team combination for Test cricket....currently what ever happening is not a good sign for Indain cricket.We can't blame Dhoni for all this.....

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Its the story of over rated bowlers for INDIA.A leg spinner should have been included as the English batsmen are traditionally weak against leg spin.

  • suve on December 7, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Outstanding batting from Cook and Trott, England should bat until lunch on day 4, this will give them enough time to bowl the spineless Indians out on a crumbling pitch. Looks like England will surely draw the series and may even go onto win the series. I remember recalling Indians saying "Wait until England come to India, we'll beat them 4-0" not going to happen is it?. Indian Fielders are the worst in the world, they are very unathletic. Complete difference to Sri lankan Fielders, who are definatley the best fielding team in the sub continent. Also what happened to Kohli, the best young batsmen in the world?, Ashwin has more runs in the series than Tendulkar and Kohli.

  • shantacricket on December 7, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    This is almost the same team which lost 8-0 abroad .Can you believe 8-0 ?

    But the captain is same and apart from dravid and laxman the team is same,then how can expect this team to perform well.If selectors dont pic the players on their performance in domestic circle than how can we expect the team to perform ? Why Ashok Dinda and Manoj Tiwary is not in the team when they have performed so well .Oh tendulkar...he is still in the team after loosing 8-0 abroad......

  • natasrik on December 7, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Not sure what is happening, England already crossed India's score with just one wicket and the regular bowlers struggling to make any impact and MSD has atleast 4 part timers and we still cannot see them have a bowl. Somehing is wrong, either MSD has no clarity or those guys don't want to bowl.

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy is totally uninspiring. He is not at all innovative and hesitates to do expriments. Zaheer, Ishant, Ashwin and Ozha are not getting wickets. But Dhoni is constantly relying on them. He is not even thinking of using Yuvraj, Sehwag, Sachin or Kohli.

    There is absolutely no variation either in Ashwin's balling or Ozha's balling. They are not trying to bowl a little faster or armers or full toss deliveries that might result in a wicket.

  • baranasai on December 7, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    MSD would like to forget this series as England came to India -beat them comprehensively on their so called strengths and made them feel belittled.Indians have only themselves to blame as neither their experienced bnatsmen nor their experienced bowlers did any thing worth whilke to make it a good competition.It is ultimately has become a one sidd contest -England comprehensively beating India and made them look very below par team.Well done England /MSD will learn some thing atleast now

  • streetblader on December 7, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    If Dhoni's head doesn't roll after this series, then I am quitting watching Test cricket (and effectively means ALL cricket since that's all i watch), for ever! At least I'll save some time and heartburns.

  • Waws on December 7, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    England are in a good position in this game,but if you look at the series between Sa and aus,when a team was in a good position the batters started to attack and batted at a very good runrate to get the other team in asap,now ingland are 297/1 and trott has 67 from 177.... Show some intend mate!

  • streetblader on December 7, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Even with nothing working in India's favor and a mammoth total in sight, Dhoni has stuck with just the 4 bowlers throughout! Can someone explain that to me?

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Stop blaming India's batsmen, they are the equal of England's. But the Indian bowling is pathetic. Ishant would not be able to warm the bench at a county game. Zaheer is too slow now to be called a paceman. Ashwin is a spinner who does not spin the ball. Ojha is okay on spinning wickets but England's 4--Anderson, Finn, Panesar & Swann are in a completely different class. If guys like Pujara, Kohli, and Tendulkar were playing Zaheer & Co on these wickets, they would also score easy centuries. Yadav, Aaron & Pankaj Singh are at least real pacemen. Get real pacemen and real spinners in the side otherwise even Bangladesh will start beating India at home.

  • baranasai on December 7, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    The way Cook And Trott are playing /they will surpass their highest score in India and beat India by Innings and 350 runs-I want them to score 700 plus ans bowl indians within 200 -it will be a big defeat /Time for dhoni to quit as captain and Indians will have to get a new team and drop all these gutless player who have not shown any fighting at all

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  • baranasai on December 7, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    The way Cook And Trott are playing /they will surpass their highest score in India and beat India by Innings and 350 runs-I want them to score 700 plus ans bowl indians within 200 -it will be a big defeat /Time for dhoni to quit as captain and Indians will have to get a new team and drop all these gutless player who have not shown any fighting at all

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Stop blaming India's batsmen, they are the equal of England's. But the Indian bowling is pathetic. Ishant would not be able to warm the bench at a county game. Zaheer is too slow now to be called a paceman. Ashwin is a spinner who does not spin the ball. Ojha is okay on spinning wickets but England's 4--Anderson, Finn, Panesar & Swann are in a completely different class. If guys like Pujara, Kohli, and Tendulkar were playing Zaheer & Co on these wickets, they would also score easy centuries. Yadav, Aaron & Pankaj Singh are at least real pacemen. Get real pacemen and real spinners in the side otherwise even Bangladesh will start beating India at home.

  • streetblader on December 7, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Even with nothing working in India's favor and a mammoth total in sight, Dhoni has stuck with just the 4 bowlers throughout! Can someone explain that to me?

  • Waws on December 7, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    England are in a good position in this game,but if you look at the series between Sa and aus,when a team was in a good position the batters started to attack and batted at a very good runrate to get the other team in asap,now ingland are 297/1 and trott has 67 from 177.... Show some intend mate!

  • streetblader on December 7, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    If Dhoni's head doesn't roll after this series, then I am quitting watching Test cricket (and effectively means ALL cricket since that's all i watch), for ever! At least I'll save some time and heartburns.

  • baranasai on December 7, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    MSD would like to forget this series as England came to India -beat them comprehensively on their so called strengths and made them feel belittled.Indians have only themselves to blame as neither their experienced bnatsmen nor their experienced bowlers did any thing worth whilke to make it a good competition.It is ultimately has become a one sidd contest -England comprehensively beating India and made them look very below par team.Well done England /MSD will learn some thing atleast now

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Dhoni's captaincy is totally uninspiring. He is not at all innovative and hesitates to do expriments. Zaheer, Ishant, Ashwin and Ozha are not getting wickets. But Dhoni is constantly relying on them. He is not even thinking of using Yuvraj, Sehwag, Sachin or Kohli.

    There is absolutely no variation either in Ashwin's balling or Ozha's balling. They are not trying to bowl a little faster or armers or full toss deliveries that might result in a wicket.

  • natasrik on December 7, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Not sure what is happening, England already crossed India's score with just one wicket and the regular bowlers struggling to make any impact and MSD has atleast 4 part timers and we still cannot see them have a bowl. Somehing is wrong, either MSD has no clarity or those guys don't want to bowl.

  • shantacricket on December 7, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    This is almost the same team which lost 8-0 abroad .Can you believe 8-0 ?

    But the captain is same and apart from dravid and laxman the team is same,then how can expect this team to perform well.If selectors dont pic the players on their performance in domestic circle than how can we expect the team to perform ? Why Ashok Dinda and Manoj Tiwary is not in the team when they have performed so well .Oh tendulkar...he is still in the team after loosing 8-0 abroad......

  • suve on December 7, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Outstanding batting from Cook and Trott, England should bat until lunch on day 4, this will give them enough time to bowl the spineless Indians out on a crumbling pitch. Looks like England will surely draw the series and may even go onto win the series. I remember recalling Indians saying "Wait until England come to India, we'll beat them 4-0" not going to happen is it?. Indian Fielders are the worst in the world, they are very unathletic. Complete difference to Sri lankan Fielders, who are definatley the best fielding team in the sub continent. Also what happened to Kohli, the best young batsmen in the world?, Ashwin has more runs in the series than Tendulkar and Kohli.